98 Points - The Wine Advocate
"Bollinger’s 2006 Brut Vieilles Vignes Francaises isn’t really Champagne, nor is it a wine. Rather it is an extraordinary and frankly addicting concoction all its own. Endowed with the most refined mousse imaginable and endless layers of fruit, the 2006 VVF captivates both the hedonistic and intellectual senses to the fullest. Waves of subtle red fruit, smoke, mint and incense appear to be virtually endless, but at the same time, it is the wine’s textural richness that stands out the most."
The House of Bollinger was created in 1829 in Aÿ through the exciting partnership of two eminent men, Admiral Athanase-Louis-Emmanuel, the Count of Villermont, who owned vines on the Montagne de Reims, and Jacques-Joseph-Placide Bollinger, his son-in-law. It has since become one of the most respected and consistent of champagne houses, producing full bodied champagnes with great longevity and grace.
The house still uses ancestral techniques such as hand riddling and employs a resident cooper. As such, Bollinger was first Champagne House to receive the Patrimoine Vivant (‘Living Heritage’) seal of quality which rewards exceptional craftsmanship.