Champagne – Bollinger Photobook

I was lucky enough to be invited out to Champagne recently to visit Bollinger. I travelled to take part in a small ‘Vin Clair Tasting’. An annual event, this illustrious Champagne House has offered to some of the people who have supported them over recent months / years around the world. The whole idea is to help explain the process undertaken by the ‘chef du cave’ when looking to blend the new still wines, with aged wines, to recreate the house style. This is all done before their legendary second fermentation and long ageing in bottle in the cellars.

Rather than bore you with a load of tasting notes that could potentially be fairly meaningless, here’s a storyboard of pictures to give you a feel for the experience and an insight into the world of Champagne…

General Champagne vineyard shot from taken near my digs with a bit of clean-up work taking place.
General Champagne vineyard shot taken near my digs with a bit of clean-up work taking place.
Un-grafted pre-phylloxera walled vineyard.
Un-grafted pre-phylloxera walled vineyard.

Looking down on one of Bollinger’s oldest Pinot Noir vineyards.
Looking down on one of Bollinger’s oldest Pinot Noir vineyards.
Gnarled old Pinot Noir vine.
Gnarled old Pinot Noir vine.
Quick selfie in the vineyard!
Quick selfie in the vineyard!
Some old barrels at the winery.
Some old barrels at the winery.
Bollinger’s Cooper hard at work.
Bollinger’s Cooper hard at work.
The Cooper's workshop!
The Cooper’s workshop!
Wine ageing in the cellars.
Wine ageing in the cellars.
A riddling rack (pupitre) where the sediment is moved closer to the end of the bottle, ready for removal.
A riddling rack (pupitre) where the sediment is moved closer to the end of the bottle, ready for removal.
Cuis 2013 Vinifie en Fut - Vin Clair Tasting.
Cuis 2013 Vinifie en Fut – Vin Clair Tasting.
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Shot of the Vin Clair tasting room.
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