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Champagne BOLLINGER Vielles Vignes Françaises 2009 Extra Brut Grand Cru


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At the beginning of the 20th century, the Champagne vineyards were destroyed by phylloxera. Everything must be replanted with rootstocks from American plants, to resist the devastating insect. Two Bollinger parcels classified as Grand Cru: Chaudes Terres and Clos Saint-Jacques, in Aÿ, will not be replanted on these American grafting stocks, hence the name Vieilles Vignes Françaises. Two plots of land cultivated in the old fashioned way, in crowds, using the provignage method, worked entirely by hand and sometimes even with the help of a draught horse. Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises is a symbol, the bearer of a memory that has almost disappeared: a heritage memory, extraordinary and moving. Fermentation entirely in barrels.