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Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2008

The eternal soul of Champagne

Pinot Noir derived from two single plots

adjacent to the House in Aÿ: non-grafted vines grown

in the traditional en foule layering system

and worked entirely by hand.

Blend of the 2008 vintage 
100% Pinot Noir Grand cru (Blanc de Noirs).
Exclusive use of the cuvée. Fermented entirely in aged barrels.
At Bollinger, only the highest quality harvests become a vintage: in 2008, the Vieilles Vignes Françaises were harvested on 16 September and produced a superb Pinot Noir.

Maturation 
Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation.
Sealed with a natural cork whilst ageing.

Dosage 
Low, 6 grams per liter.

To the eye  
A colour with golden undertones.

To the nose 
Complex nose with roasted nuts of hazelnut, mocha and toast, complemented by notes of mirabelle and red plum.

On the palate 
A very broad aromatic spectrum is expressed through an unctuous, precise and saline quality on the palate with notes of nuts, spices (vanilla, cardamom) and verbena. It has remarkable length, marked by a lemony, chalky finish.

White caviar, Alba Truffle.

Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2008 can be paired with the finest dishes, but can also help create a special occasion on its own; wine connoisseurs will share it thoughtfully, enjoying the opportunity to try its rare unmatched flavours. 

To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, it is best to serve Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2008 between 10 and 12°C. 

You can enjoy Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2008 right away, or choose to age it further in your cellar.

In the early 20th century, the vines of Champagne were destroyed by phylloxera. In order to fight the devastating insect, all vines in Champagne had to be replanted using American rootstock.
Everything, except two Bollinger plots in Aÿ classified as Grand cru which remained untouched: Chaudes Terres and Clos St Jacques.

To this day, these two plots are grown the traditional way, following the ‘provignage’ method, worked by hand and even sometimes with the help of a horse. Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises is a symbol of a bygone era: an extraordinary and moving legacy.

A total of 3,180 numbered bottles of the 2008 Vieilles Vignes Françaises vintage were produced.

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Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2009

The eternal soul of Champagne

Pinot Noir derived from two single plots adjacent to the House in Aÿ: 

non-grafted vines grown in the traditional en foule layering system

and worked entirely by hand.

Blend of the 2009 vintage 

100% Pinot Noir
At Bollinger, only the highest quality harvests become a vintage: in 2009, the Vieilles Vignes Françaises parcels were harvested on 16 September and produced an exceptional Pinot Noir. 
Maturation 
Maturation Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the Appellation 
Dosage 
Low, 4 g/l. 

To the eye  
Deep gold. The colour of a bright autumn morning.

To the nose 
Complex, lively and smooth. Intense aromas of quince jelly, mirabelle plum
and dry fruits give way to subtle notes of mocha and toasted bread.
To the palate 
A very wide aromatic spectrum is expressed in a delectable, rich and precise palate. 
It has remarkable length, marked by a saline finish.

White caviar, Alba Truffle

Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2009 can be paired with the finest dishes, but can also help create a special occasion on its own; wine connoisseurs will share it thoughtfully, enjoying the opportunity to try its rare unmatched flavours. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, it is best to serve Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2009 between 10 and 12°C. You can enjoy Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2009 right away, or choose to age it further in your cellar.

In the early 20th century, the vines of Champagne were destroyed by phylloxera. In order to fight the devastating insect, all vines in Champagne had to be replanted using American rootstock. Everything, except two Bollinger plots in Aÿ classified as Grand cru which remained untouched: Chaudes Terres and Clos St Jacques. To this day, these two plots are grown the traditional way, following the ‘provignage’ method, worked by hand and even sometimes with the help of a horse. Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises is a symbol of a bygone era: an extraordinary and moving legacy. 

A total of 2,420 numbered bottles of the 2009 Vieilles Vignes Françaises vintage were produced.

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