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Champagne Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2008 - Bollinger
Pinot Noir derived from two single plots adjacent to the House in Aÿ: non-grafted vines grown in the traditional en foule layering system and worked entirely by hand.
In the early 20th century, the vines of Champagne were destroyed by phylloxera. In order to fight the devastating insect, all vines in Champagne had to be replanted using American rootstock. Everything, except two Bollinger plots in Aÿ classified as Grand cru which remained untouched: Chaudes Terres and Clos St Jacques. To this day, these two plots are grown the traditional way, following the ‘provignage’ method, worked by hand and even sometimes with the help of a horse. Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises is a symbol of a bygone era: an extraordinary and moving legacy. A total of 3,180 numbered bottles of the 2008 Vieilles Vignes Françaises vintage were produced.
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