Founded in 1829, Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. This famous house is now under the control of sixth generation Etienne Bizot, great-nephew of Lily Bollinger, and is well-known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne. Their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail, for Bollinger accepts nothing less than excellent. Each and every detail represents a quest for a certain form of perfection.
The Bollinger vineyards cover 405 acres, most of which are classified as Grand or Premier cru, and provide roughly two-thirds of the house’s needs. Pinot Noir, a demanding grape variety that forms the backbone of Bollinger’s rich style, makes up around 60% of the plantings. Oak also plays an important part in the house style. Bollinger has its own cooperage, and maintains a stock of 3,000 barrels for fermenting the base wines from its best crus.
Bollinger stores its reserve wines in magnum bottles, an incredibly labor-intensive process that few houses are willing to undertake. Currently, they have more than 600,000 magnums, which gives them a wide and precise palette for their blends. Bollinger is also known for its long-time on-screen relationship with British secret agent James Bond. They have been featured as Bond’s Champagne of choice in almost every Bond movie going back to 1973.