BOLLINGER

PN AYC 18 Brut Champagne Bollinger NV

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Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne
ABV 13%

A real connoisseur’s champagne based on 2018 Pinot Noir from Grand Cru villages, this family house in Aÿ’s fourth geographically designated Pinot Noir with Bollinger’s usual mushroomy, lightly oaky, very savoury stamp. Very much a food wine. Long and thought-provoking. Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2023)

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Bollinger PN AYC 18 is made exclusively from Pinot Noir (PN) with the majority of the grapes coming from estate owned vineyards in the Grand Cru village of Aÿ, based on the superb 2018 vintage. Dennis Bunner, Bollinger’s Chef de Cave, explains: ‘2018 was a wonderful year for me, at the level of 2008! Warmer, yes – it was very early and we commenced harvest on 24 August – but we had perfect sunny conditions and perfect balance between sugar and acidity. Like 2008, we had very cool nights, which is the key for making great wines in Champagne’ Aÿ is one of the rare 17 villages to be classified as Grand Cru in the Champagne region. The vineyards are situated at the heart of three important areas: the Côtes des Blancs, Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne. 50% reserve wines, including 25% aged in magnums of 2009 Aÿ, are then added to bring a sense of aromatic harmony and further complexity to the blend. Bollinger are famed for their Pinot Noir so there is little surprise that its signature rich and open style shines through. The wonderful smoky, nutty and caramel tones imparted by Bollinger’s distinct foudre ageing (50% of the wines are fermented in oak barrels) are already present and the reserve wines add to its exceptional aromatic intensity. Winemaker's notes (Aug 2023)

Champagne Bollinger

Jacques Bollinger, who was born at Ellwanger in the Kingdom of Wurtemberg, came to Champagne in 1822. In 1829, together with Hennequin de Villermont and Paul Levieux Renaudin, he founded the Champagne House of Bollinger Renaudin at Ay. The Bollinger family have managed the House ever since. Despite Paul Renaudin dying without issue, his name remained on the label until the 1960's. Pehaps the most famous member of the Bollinger family was "Lilly" Bollinger who married Jacques' great grandson and took over the Company when he died in 1941. She is responsible for the famous quote "I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty" Except in the very best vintages, only the first pressings are used (the rest being sold off) and Bollinger still carry out first fermentations in oak. Bollinger own around 160ha of vineyard which account for about 60% of their requirements. They are planted to about 60% Pinot Noir.

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