Bollinger is one of the oldest brands of champagne, but I don't think it's as well known as other more famous marques such as Moet et Chandon, Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot. However, Bollinger is by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, James Bond drinks nothing else (apart ... Read review
Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Over the years ... more
the vineyard holdings have been steadily increased with the largest expansion taking place under the stewardship of the legendary Madame Lily Bollinger. She ran the company between 1941 and 1977 and today it is managed by her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier. Bollinger has a reputation for producing muscular wines with body, depth and power, and is today considered one of the great champagne houses. 70% of the grapes come from the firm's own vineyards. 80% of the harvest is barrel-fermented with the wines being kept on their yeast lees for an extended period of time (in the case of the RD, around 10 years). Bollinger produces classic, complex, Pinot-dominated champagnes with the ability to age gracefully for many years. France, 75cl. Some products may vary slightly from image shown.
Refreshing and upmarket brand (after all James Bond drinks it…)
Too expensive a habit to indulge as often as one likes
"...and Veuve Clicquot. However, Bollinger is by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, James Bond drinks nothing else (apart from his "shaken not stirred" Vodka Martinis of course) and it was, of course, splashed all over by Patsy and Edina in "Absolutely Fabulous". Of all the well known brands of French champagne, and there are plenty to choose from, Bollinger is my favourite. Given a choice between Krug, Moet et Chandon, Dom Perignon, Laurent ..."
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Bollinger (or the House of Bollinger as it is more correctly known) is one of the few remaining family run champagne businesses in France. Two thirds of the grape stock used to make Bollinger champagnes comes from their own estate and in this manner quality is maintained. The main grape that is used is the pinot noir and being an estate grown grape times of picking and methods of sorting can be accurately controlled. To this is added chardonnay and ..."
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"...I stick with the Moet. Bollinger is a classic well known and expensive brand name champagne. With the last couple of years thought the taste to me has been slowly changing. It's gone from a nice fruity champagne to a slow sour champagne in the last two-three bottles I have bought.
Though I'm no big champagne expert and don't pretend to be one, I just buy the nice stuff on special occasions and the last time I bought this champagne I nearly threw ..."
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