Description/ Tasting NotesWith aromas of raspberries, plums, orange rind, walnuts and fresh bread that only hint of the complexity to come. Full-bodied, broad and vinous, with fine depth at the core, a pinpoint mousse and racy acids, it concludes with a long and perfumed finish. Intense spine of acidity driving tightly meshed flavors of crushed black currant, ground coffee, candied grapefruit peel and toasted almond. The profile expands on the palate, carried by the fine, raw silk–like mousse. Richly aromatic and expressive from start to lasting, spiced finish.
Winery Info/ Brand
The Bollinger spirit was born here, in the lanes and alleys of Aÿ. From the courtyard where wooden barrels are left to dry, just a few steps will take you to the wine cellar where full casks are kept. Two roads further up, at the Chaudes Terres plot, is the vat-room with its gleaming thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. From it, a staircase leads to the cellar where the bottles are disgorged. This is the place where Bollinger’s whole winemaking process is centred. As soon as you open a door the sound of constant activity reaches your ears: barrels being moved, machines being operated… Even the wine does not stay completely still: the corks used to stopper the casks move during fermentation. This perpetual motion is in stark contrast with the peaceful silence of the cellars where, in the muffled coolness of age-old passages, the wine patiently waits until it is ready.A family-owned House from the heart of the Champagne wine-growing area, Bollinger is nonetheless present in over 100 countries. From the very beginning, the House has given priority to promoting its wines abroad. Bollinger’s very close relationship with England began in 1858 when Joseph Bollinger met Ludwig Mentzendorff, a wine shipper who had recently set up in London. Their strong friendship was at the root of a lasting relationship of trust which still continues today, and which has made Bollinger the most British of champagnes! Throughout the world, the House and its agents share a strong foundation of common values. Bollinger has made the challenging choice of building enduring relationships with their agents to ensure a quality distribution network.
Region Info/ Origin
Ay, Marne is a tranquil village surrounded by rolling, vine-covered hills and home to well-known champagne houses like Veuve-Clicquot, Bollinger, and Moët et Chandon, as well as many smaller producers. Some houses offer tours, while Cité du Champagne Collet-Cogevi is a museum with a tasting center and a cellar tour. In the village center, quaint cobbled streets lead to bistros and Gothic-style Saint-Brice d'Ay church.