The House of Champagne Bollinger was founded in 1829 in the village of Aÿ, in the heart of the Champagne region.
In a nutshell: Still family-owned to this day, Champagne Bollinger enjoys an extensive history, all of which is reflected in the luxury, quality and natural splendour enjoyed in our glasses almost 200 years on. Famous for its use of Pinot Noir, reserve magnums and oak ageing techniques, the Bollinger wines are defined as much by the vines and the terroir as they are by the art of their blending and vinification. Sustainability and organic principles are key to the House’s philosophy, with Bollinger the first Champagne House to be awarded the Haute Valeur Environmentale certification.
The quality and quest for perfection for which Bollinger is renowned was recognised by the Court of England when, in 1884, the House was the first in Champagne to be awarded a Royal Warrant, which it has held ever since. Bollinger also has several iconic partnerships, in particular as the Champagne of James Bond, an association that celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019. The House is also the official Champagne of England Rugby and supports the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, an annual literary award for comic fiction.
The terroir: The House’s 178ha are planted with 85% Grand and Premier Cru vines and is one of very few to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House’s vineyards, corresponding to its exact proportion in the Special Cuvée blend. Bollinger also maintains two famous plots, the Clos Saint-Jacques and Chaudes Terres, which never succumbed to phylloxera and are used to create the famous Vieilles Vignes Françaises.
The Bollinger ‘personality’: Bollinger have been crafting elegant, complex Pinot Noir driven Champagnes with their own unique character since 1829. They are the result of rigorous attention to detail, for Bollinger accepts nothing less than excellence.