Bollinger Champagne is world famous and began with Joseph Bollinger in 1822 who took up employment with Müller-Ruinart, but later joined forces with Paul Renaudin and the Comte de Villermont to form Renaudin, Bollinger Co in 1829. The Bollinger vineyard estate has 152 hectares of vineyards in the heart of the Champagne area in the grands crus and premiers crus with a style derived from Pinot Noir grapes; grown in the very best grands crus of Ay, Bouzy and Verzenay. Bollinger recently bought Ayala Champagne in 2005.
'Bollinger? If it is a ‘69, you were expecting me.' Moonraker, 1979. Champagne Bollinger continues more than 50 years of 007 and the Bollinger / James Bond relationship.Today Bollinger Champagne remains James Bond's favourite and bears the Royal Warrant. Vintages are produced only in exceptional years from grand and premier cru vineyards.
Bollinger at The Champagne Company holds the full Bollinger collection and includes Bollinger La Grand Anneé, Bollinger Rosé NV and Bollinger Brut Special Cuveé, R.D. Vintages NV in large champagne bottle sizes in beautifully designed gift boxes.
LILY THE INNOVATOR
During her many visits abroad her natural grace and charm worked wonders. Cheerful and witty, Madame Bollinger was nonetheless a formidable strategist and businesswoman. A perfectionist, she would tolerate nothing short of excellence. She was always ready to innovate, and was the driving force behind the highly original Bollinger R.D. cuvée.
'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 I drink it when I am.
Otherwise I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty.'
Lily Bollinger, 17th October 1961.