It always called my attention astonishing world of winery and all about wines. Recently, I was so lucky to visit one of the few Champagne produces that has the privilege of counting on a Barrel Master in charge of repairing every barrel. I’m talking about Bollinger Champagne, located in Aÿ, France.
As I remarked before, it is quite a privilege to step on Aÿ, a French village located in Champaña-Ardenas. This is the official word to name the place: Aÿ which by the way is the term used by the media… In fact, Aÿ-Champagne is the favourite name of the location.
This location is highlighted by its Champagne’s production. It is placed at the Marne Valley, Aÿ’s vineyards acquire one of the most distinguished categories for sure. Actually, there are a lot of brands and producers who have already made up their minds and decided to establish their companies in Ay, taking supreme care of their vineyards every day.
It’s extremely difficult to resume sensations and experiences across my mind along my visit but if I try hard to draft most important I shouldn’t forget that Champagne Bollinger ferments its wines in Burgundy barrels and that some of these barrels has around one hundred years. I mustn’t leave behind Pairing and possibilities… Just a remark: it’s possibly the best cow cheese of the world, Comte 36 months, which is perfect to pair with Champagne Millesime…
As I step more and more into Bollinger, I’ve perceived a mixture of images and notes, getting quite surprised but mainly, admiring and old Pinot Noir vineyard, covered with soil in order to warm the vineyard, producing legendary Bollinger V.V.F. Champagne…
So, I’m purely determined on recommending a visit to Bollinger, French Champagne house that produces non-millessimé Special Cuvée or Grande Année, R.D. and Vieilles Vignes Françaises, this one of a limit production. Under management of Claude d’Hautefeuille and after owning some other vineyards, international brand came out developed. Later on, Christian Bizot, Claude’s cousin, steered control at Bollinger.
Bizot has increased the distribution all over the world even established the Quality and Ethic Letter in 1992. Since 1994, Ghislain de Mongolfier assumes Bollinger’s management. Mongolfier is great grandson of founder and President of the Association Champenoise Viticole since 2004. I’m please to highlight, about to finish, the fact that sophisticated James Bond always orders a Bollinger bottle in every movie… Do you need any other reason to be convinced?