Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2007
Vieilles Vignes Françaises is one of Champagne’s most mythical cuvees, produced from miraculously preserved and ungrafted 100% Pinot Noir vines. Phylloxera destroyed the vines of Champagne in the early 20th century, but amazingly enough two of Bollinger’s classified Grands crus plots, Chaudes Terres and Clos St. Jacques, survived and are still grown the traditional way. Madame Lily Bollinger first had this wine produced in 1969 as an anniversary cuvee to commemorate her 70th birthday. Following the wine’s launch in 1974, Vieilles Vignes Françaises promptly became a collectible and a symbol of a bygone era. Over the decades, its uniqueness and scarcity have made it one of the most sought-after and expensive Champagnes.
The wine is thought to be the eternal soul of Champagne. It is produced from the only two pre-phylloxera vineyards in the region, Chaudes Terres and Clos St Jacques, in Aÿ. These Grands crus plots are 100% ungrafted Pinot Noir. The vines are grown the traditional way, following the “provinage” method, worked by hand and even sometimes with the help of a cart-horse.
Made in the traditional way, this wine ages on the lees for more than twice the time required by the appellation. It has moderate dosage of 8 g/l.
At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage. The 2007 season was an exceptional one, revealing a very refreshing Champagne that brings out the full impact of the fruit. The parcels of Vieilles Vignes Françaises were harvested on August 31. In total, there were 3,132 numbered bottles produced for the world.
This wine is a true gift to experience. Deep gold color. An explosive depth on the nose with floral notes that evolve into truffle and acacia honey. There is a round, creamy mouthfeel that impresses with its opulence and aromas of candied lemon, tart tatin and gingerbread. There is exceptional length and the sensation of spice on the finish.
The 2007 can be enjoyed with any beautiful dish, but can also be savored on its own. Collectors will share it thoughtfully in order to experience its unmatched flavors in the company of others – so in those cases, we recommend white caviar and Alba truffle to complement the wine.
The two remaining pre-phylloxera plots used for this wine are grown the traditional way, following the “provinage” method, worked by hand and even sometimes with the help of a cart-horse.
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Vinous Media - "Burnished and open-knit, the 2007 Vieilles Vignes Françaises gives the impression it will mature at a faster pace than is the norm here. Orange confit, mint, apricot jam, hazelnut and coffee are all finely-knit in the glass. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade, although it will almost certainly hang on for longer than that. Quite simply, the 2007 Vieilles Vignes Françaises is endowed with extraordinary precision and class, especially within the context of the year."
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