Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises VVF 2009
Vieilles Vignes Françaises is one of Champagne’s most mythical cuvees, produced from miraculously preserved and ungrafted 100% Pinot Noir vines. Phylloxera destroyed the vines of Champagne in the early 20th century, but amazingly enough two of Bollinger’s classified Grands crus plots, Chaudes Terres and Clos St. Jacques, survived and are still grown the traditional way. Madame Lily Bollinger first had this wine produced in 1969 as an anniversary cuvee to commemorate her 70th birthday. Following the wine’s launch in 1974, Vieilles Vignes Françaises promptly became a collectible and a symbol of a bygone era. Over the decades, its uniqueness and scarcity have made it one of the most sought-after and expensive Champagnes.
On the eye: Deep gold color.
On the nose: Complex, lively and smooth with intense aromas of quince jelly, mirabelle plum and dry fruits give way to subtle notes of mocha and toasted bread.
On the palate: The wine is expressed in a delectable, rich and precise palate. It has remarkable length, marked by a saline finish.