Bollinger: James Bond’s Champagne

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Bollinger: James Bond’s Champagne

With the launch of “La Grande Année 2008” and the celebration of 40 years of partnership with the James Bond movies, the end of the year will be an iconic one for Bollinger!

The refined and remarkable champagnes of the maison Bollinger have been brightening days, parties and celebrations since 1829! And when the exceptional harvest of 2008 is finally bottled, we can only imagine the impact of such a vintage. The 2008 harvest gave birth to a wine with infinite depth – a wine that with time has achieved the characteristic acidity of Bollinger. Bottled, this gives “La Grande Année 2008”. It took ten years to unravel the nobility of this unique vintage.

Aromas of citrus fruits, fleshed fruit, berries, spices, floral and mineral notes, longevity on the palate, structure and density make up the key gustative notes of these great Pinots Noirs d’Aÿ and Verzenay. The backbone of the Bollinger champagne. “The elaboration of each La Grande Année bottle requires patience and precision and is only possible thanks to the work of the men and women of the maison whose artisanal methods have been passed on from generation to generation” affirms cellar master Gilles Descôtes. 

Complex and harmonious, this exceptional champagne is the very image of a hero that makes it an icon – a certain James Bond. “It is with great pride that we celebrate the 40 years of partnership between Bollinger and James Bong, a homage to the friendship born in 1971 between my father, Christian Bizot, and the producer of James Bond, Cubby Broccoli” says Etienne Bizot, CEO of Bollinger. 

It is true that since the first appearance of the champagne in the film ‘Moonraker’ in 1979 that Bollinger has only continued to symbolise the chic audacity of Bond’s character. So, what better than to carve out two limited editions to celebrate the 40 year partnership? The first, a nod to the space themed universe of ‘Moonraker”, revisiting the spaceship created by the legendary set designer Ken Adam. In doing so, Bollinger invited designer Eric Berthès to create an object made of tin and plated with noble wood. It encloses thus a Saint Louis crystal bucket as well as a magnum of Bollinger 2007, the Bond Vintage par excellence! The pieces, worked and adjusted by hand, make each 407 numbered pieces a unique œuvre!

The second limited edition Champagne Bollinger and 07 anticipate the highly awaited release of the 25th opus of the ‘No Time To Die” series. The idea? To create a 2011 vintage dedicated to the universe of Bond. The bottle, entirely in black, carries the number 25 formed by the titles of the previous films. It is the first time that Bollinger created a vintage entirely from the 2011 harvest – a historical one coming exclusively from the Pinot Noir Grand crus from village d’Aÿ. Better yet, these champagnes as admirable as they are inspired are already available! Something with which to celebrate Christmas and the new year in a very Bond fashion, James Bond fashion!