Bollinger's 2009 Millésime Edition Limitée 007 has a very clear, fine and fruity bouquet that reflects a perfect blend of Grands Crus dressed with Pinot Noir (68%) and Chardonnay (32%). Fermented in small used barrels and disgorged in February 2014, the 2009 is very elegant, intense and balanced on the palate; it reveals a remarkable finesse with fine pearls and sweet cherry-flavored fruit. Its finish is well structured and quite powerful and fruity, though it keeps the elegant style. Could be drier for Bond, though that's for the girls, isn't it? Back to the facts. Here's how Bollinger comments on the 2009 harvest: "Favorable weather conditions allowed the vines to bud mid-April, slightly early compared to the average of the past ten years. Flowering was disrupted by rain and cool temperatures. Early summer was marked by a succession of violent storms that raised concerns of vine health. As of August 1, there was uninterrupted excellent weather until the harvest, which ran from September 12 to 27 with idyllic temperatures. The average potential alcohol for Bollinger reached 10.1° with an acidity of seven grams per liter."
“Under the direction of Chef de Caves Mathieu Kauffmann, Bollinger produces one of the most consistent lineups in Champagne. Bollinger is one of the handful of larger firms that manages to put out consistently high quality wines despite its size. The estate based in Ay is probably best known to the public through its long association with the James Bond films, which is quite possibly one of the most successful product placement campaigns of all time. Despite the show biz glamour that has inextricably become part of the Bollinger mystique, at their best these are serious wines with significant aging potential.”
- The Wine Advocate
Bollinger is one of the most famous Champagne houses in the world. Located in northern France, the wines are noteworthy because of their typically Pinot Noir-dominant cuvées. It was founded in 1829 as the Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie, and was kept in the Bollinger family until 2008 when they gave the chairman’s job to someone from outside of the family. The House is located in Ay and most of the vines are located on premier and grand cru plots. A unique fact of Bollinger is that each of the cuvées uses no less than 60% Pinot Noir so the wines have a masculine quality and age wonderfully. Their vast portfolio ranges from non-vintage brut and rose wines to their prestige cuvées. The house has continued to make international acclaim thanks to appearances as James Bond’s drink of choice throughout the action film franchise.
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