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1996 Bollinger Vielles Vignes Francaises Blanc de Noirs Brut
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WOW. This is such a rich and vibrant wine, and offering so much pleasure. As many here know, I prefer finer Champagnes warmer than some, and this beauty rewards greatly allowing the wine to show her best.

I can not imagine any true lover of red Burgundy not falling in love with this special wine. An exotic nose offering red berries, baked buttered pastry, with hints of truffles and spice, all of which transfer over to the palate with solid acidity and lightly charred toast on a finish leaving you wanting more.

The thing I love about this wine is the proper weight and richness while balanced against the active acidity.

Very well done in my opinion, and is still improving. Big Grin
 
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What's wrong with my thread?! Wink

I would concurr...I had it last year and it was an impressive Champagne. Stories of the vineyard's overgrown and gnarly character are interesting too. Thanks for the post W+A!


So much wine.....so little time!!!
 
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Sorry about that Drab. I typed a search for 1996 Francaises and found nothing.

Now I know why, as I did not search VVF.
 
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No worries...I'm just poking fun at everyone who gets upset about stuff like that! Wink


So much wine.....so little time!!!
 
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It has been three years since my post on this wine, and imo time has helped this to become a perfect wine.

I cannot imagine what more one could expect from a wine. Winner
 
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Is the production of this Bollinger tiny? Thanks for the TN.

IW


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Is the production of this Bollinger tiny? Thanks for the TN.

IW


Does 2,600 bottles count as tiny? Wink

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Thanks PH. Has anyone had this Champagne from other vintages?

IW


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Is the production of this Bollinger tiny? Thanks for the TN.

IW


Does 2,600 bottles count as tiny? Wink

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IW, very small indeed.

From what I was told on our visit these vines are their only remaining pre-phylloxera vines. With age, they continue to produce less fruit, and since only Pinot vines the weather also plays into their final production numbers.

Seek out this beauty.
 
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Seek out this beauty.


Ha.... I did. None listed for sale in the US per WineSearcher. Average price is $1,400+ for a 750ml in Europe. Yet another wonderful wine I'll probably not be drinking.... Bang

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Seek out this beauty.


Ha.... I did. None listed for sale in the US per WineSearcher. Average price is $1,400+ for a 750ml in Europe. Yet another wonderful wine I'll probably not be drinking.... Bang

PH


The guy that found me three is looking for more. They are available, but typically just held back from the general public.

I will let you know, and they are far less than what you are seeing.
 
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Once you get the info W+A please share. I am also going to call my distributor who handles Bollinger.


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Once you get the info W+A please share. I am also going to call my distributor who handles Bollinger.


+2. I've had a VVF once before and it was well... I'm having to swallow all the drool in my mouth. I do love BdN Champagne!


Looking forward to those mags of '08 Salon.
 
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Once you get the info W+A please share. I am also going to call my distributor who handles Bollinger.


Also very interested. Keep me posted if you please, gents....

PH
 
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Bollinger Brut vieilles vignes françaises Champagne in the SAQ Signature:

1999 $737.50
2002 $795.00
 
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1999 $737.50
2002 $795.00

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Someone posted one for sale this morning for $700 on berserkers.
 
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I've never even seen a bottle of this. And it's not my first Champagne rodeo. Nice!
 
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I dearly love Champagne, and truly love BdN. At anywhere near this tariff, I'm a jealous bystander...... Frown I'd much rather have a couple bottles of 1988 Krug. w+a, if you want to make a CRAZY bet on the Thanksgiving game, give me a shout...... Cool

PH
 
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