In the early 20th century, almost all of the vines of Champagne were destroyed by phylloxera - a microscopic insect that feeds on the roots and leaves of grapevines. As a result, everything in the region had to be replanted using American rootstock to fight the devastating bug.
Everything except two Bollinger plots classified as Grands Crus: Chaudes Terres and Clos St-Jacques in Aÿ. Both plots are incredibly small: total size of 0.36 hectares and are now the sole contributors to Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises ( Old French Vines ).
Until recently, this exclusive cuvée was produced from three small plots including Croix Rouge, however, this plot was lost to the phylloxera. The Chaudes Terres and Clos St-Jacques vineyards are grown the traditional way following the provignage method, working the plot by hand and even sometimes with the help of a cart-horse.
Old French Vines Blanc de Noirs 2009 from Bollinger is a 100% Pinot Noir.
The dress is of a beautiful golden color.
Complex and racy, the nose blends aromas of quince jelly, mirabelle plum and dried fruit with subtle notes of mocha and toast.
Gourmet, rich and precise, the mouth seduces with its persistence and its finish of a beautiful salinity.
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