The family home at 16, rue Jules Lobet in Aÿ still resonates with the presence of Madame Bollinger. In the elegant simplicity of the place, in the delicacy of each detail, we find her discreet refinement. On the other side of the courtyard, the archive building contains old photos, account books, menus with surprising combinations... Madame Bollinger kept everything with the greatest care. The garden is reached by crossing the museum of old tools: rare pieces of wood and metal bear witness to a bygone era. Under the venerable trees is buried a secret the ice house where once they kept the provisions. Between the high walls of the garden, the noises of the village seem to fade away: everything here breathes calm and beauty, time seems to stand still.
The Bollinger champagne house
The Bollinger House Spirit
Since 1829, the House of Bollinger has been producing great champagnes with a powerful, refined and complex style. These virtuoso wines are the result of a constant quest for perfection: there is no room for guesswork at Bollinger. Bollinger is constantly striving for perfection, right down to the smallest detail. An uncompromising independence of spirit, in the service of a distinction without ostentation: this elegance of the Champagne region has won over the British Crown, which, since 1884, has awarded the House the very prestigious Royal Warrant, the mark of the official suppliers to the Court.
The Bollinger vineyard covers 179 hectares, the majority of which are Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. It is mainly planted with Pinot Noir, a demanding grape variety whose intensity constitutes the backbone of the Bollinger style. The continuity of this style is ensured by an exceptional collection of more than 800,000 reserve magnums: the House of Bollinger is the only one to have such a precise palette of aromas to complete its blends. The best vintages are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 4,000 small old barrels: a commitment to extreme quality. The House gives its wines more than twice the aging time required by the rules of the appellation. Not for the sake of coquetry, but because a great wine must have the luxury of time to express its personality.
Because quality begins with the precision of the gesture, each step in the elaboration of Bollinger wines has its own special touch. Passed on and perfected from generation to generation for nearly two centuries, these manufacturing secrets are one of the House's greatest treasures. At Bollinger, we never take the easy way out: where ancestral techniques are the guarantee of better quality, we make the demanding choice to preserve them. Hand-turning of bottles, corking of reserve magnums and vintage vintages, in-house cooperage... the House perpetuates rare techniques and precious trades. It is the first Champagne House to obtain the renowned Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label, which distinguishes excellent craft skills.
The Bollinger creation
With a great deal of common sense, Madame Bollinger was able to unite around her the family members best suited to take over from her. She first taught Claude d'Hautefeuille, husband of her niece, the workings of the company. He became Director in 1950, and gave impetus to an ambitious modernization, while maintaining Bollinger's high standards of quality. Madame Bollinger entrusted him with the presidency in 1971, remaining very present until her death six years later. Christian Bizot, nephew of Madame Bollinger, succeeded Claude in 1978. A great traveler, he set out, like his "Aunt Lily" before him, to meet sommeliers, restaurateurs, and wine merchants to introduce them to the wines of the House. A great President, he is known for his outspokenness and his freedom of tone.
Progressing without betraying the spirit.
The man who took over the reins of the company in 1994 was none other than the great-great grandson of Joseph Bollinger, its founder! After starting his career in Chile, Ghislain de Montgolfier continued to develop the company, always striving for excellence. He continues to voluntarily limit the volumes produced in order to progress along the path of quality, without ever betraying the Bollinger spirit. A tireless worker, Ghislain also has a great sense of humor and knows how to combine scientific rigor with the enthusiasm of conquest. In 2007, his technical skills earned him election to the head of the Union des Maisons de Champagne and to the co-presidency of the Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne.
The house today and tomorrow.
In 2008, a new President is appointed, who is not a member of the family. It is Jérôme Philipon, a Champagne man with an impressive background, coming from large industrial groups. This is the first time in the history of Bollinger that the destiny of the House is entrusted to a person outside the family. With her, Jérôme Philipon continues the development of Champagne Bollinger and guarantees the continuity of the House's principles and values. In 2017, Charles-Armand de Belenet became Managing Director of Champagne Bollinger. With him, the House continues to preserve its artisanal know-how while integrating the best of innovative technologies, in order to continue the commercial and qualitative development of the brand in the future.