Our visit to the illustrious Bollinger estate unfolded with a stroll through their vineyards, where we discovered the unique aspect of their operation—bee hives producing their own honey. This thoughtful touch showcased the estate's commitment to sustainability and natural processes.
Venturing into the warehouse, we learned about the origins of their barrels, each having a former life in Burgundy. The emphasis on using second-hand barrels, which once held chardonnays, showcased a dedication to preserving the distinct character of their champagnes. A glimpse into the workshop revealed the meticulous restoration and sterilization of damaged barrels, and the intriguing partnership with Caudalie, where barrel crystallization is repurposed for skincare.
Descending into the cellars, we marveled at the extensive collection of old bottles, some dating back to the 1800s. The journey through the labyrinthine cellars unveiled a hidden room secured behind a metal gate, housing exceptionally aged treasures.
Ascending to the main house, our tasting took place in a luminous side room with expansive windows, providing a picturesque setting. The lineup of five remarkable Champagnes commenced with the Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée, followed by the Champagne Bollinger Rosé, La Grande Année 2014, La Grande Année Rosé 2014, and culminating in the grand finale with the Bollinger R.D. 2007. Each sip was a testament to the craftsmanship and legacy of Bollinger, leaving an indelible mark on our palates.