In the effervescent world of Champagne, Bollinger is a name that needs no introduction. Steeped in tradition and defined by quality, Bollinger has, for generations, been a beacon of artisanal Champagne production. Guided by a passion for preserving ancient skills and a steadfast commitment to superior craftsmanship, Bollinger has solidified its place in the annals of Champagne history.
Madame Lily Bollinger, the legendary matriarch of the House, managed the company from 1941 to 1977. It was under her tenure that Bollinger saw its most substantial vineyard expansion, further cementing the brand's reputation for excellence. She is fondly remembered for her iconic quote that eloquently encapsulates the Champagne lifestyle: "I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it -- unless I’m thirsty."
This reverence for Champagne and dedication to quality is palpable in every stage of Bollinger’s winemaking process. The artisanal touch can be felt in the meticulous care taken in the production of their wines, from hand riddling to preserving wines in reserve magnums. Each step is a nod to tradition, passed down from one generation to the next, including the use of natural corks for vintage cuvées and employing a resident cooper to tend to their oak barrels.
In recognition of this exceptional craftsmanship and skill, Bollinger became the first Champagne house to receive the highly respected Patrimoine Vivant seal of quality. This award is a testament to Bollinger's unwavering commitment to the highest level of quality, recognizing their preservation of valuable crafts and ancient skills.
Since 1892, Bollinger has consistently produced Champagnes that marry power, sophistication, and complexity. The House’s distinct style is the result of an exceptional terroir, century-old vines, traditional production techniques, and a deep-seated respect for nature. Their wines are not only an embodiment of their rich heritage but also a testament to their sustainable viticulture practices.
Imbibers of Bollinger are not just enjoying a glass of Champagne; they are partaking in a storied legacy, appreciating an art form that has been perfected over centuries. Bollinger isn't just a Champagne; it's a lifestyle, a statement, and an experience – an experience of delighting in a wine that has been crafted with an attention to detail that borders on the obsessive, just as Madame Lily Bollinger would have wanted.
So, whether you're happy or sad, alone or in company, hungry or satisfied, or simply just thirsty, let Bollinger be your choice. After all, as Madame Bollinger once said, Champagne is always obligatory.