EVENTS | 27 September 2021 Champagne Bollinger Did you know? Absa | Corporate and Investment Banking > Insights and Events > Champagne Bollinger Did you know? SHARE Interesting facts about The House of Bollinger The House of Bollinger has been creating prestigious champagnes since 1829. Bollinger produces approximately 2,5 million bottles of champagne a year, which is relatively small making Bollinger very exclusive and sought after. 70% of the wine that is made into Bollinger Champagne comes from grapes grown on the Bollinger property. Bollinger Special Cuvée is made of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier grapes. Bollinger Special Cuvee is non-vintage as various vintages are blended together to give the consistency of style year after year. 5 – 10% of Reserve wines, which have been aged for 5 to 15 years in magnums with cork stoppers, are added to the blend to guarantee this consistency. In certain years, wines fermented in barrels will be used in the final blend of the Special Cuvée. The Bollinger Rosé is a blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Meunier – so almost identical to the Special Cuvée, but it includes 5 to 6% red wine which adds colour and depth of flavour. Only the very best vintages are elevated to the level of Bollinger R.D. The cuvee is fermented entirely in oak barrels and maturation is carried out under natural cork. It undergoes a very long maturation, more than four times longer than required by the appellation. RD stands for RECENTLY DISGOURGED, where well aged old Champagne Bollinger R.D. is left lying on the lees (expired yeast) until its released only a few months after it is disgorged... keeping its freshness and brioche biscuit aroma intact. Madame Bollinger is very famous for her statement made to a UK newspaper: “I drink it 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”. Join Club Champagne https://cib.absa.africa/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/file_example_MP3_700KB.mp3 Related Articles ENTERTAINMENT Stimulate All the Senses at Les Créatifs The Champagne in Africa team had the good fortune to interview Chef Wandile Mabaso creative food artist, owner and Chef of Les Créatifs Restaurant in Bryanston, whilst savouring the delicious lunch menu. EVENT The Champagne in Africa event 2021 Discover everything that the majestic world of champagne has to offer at a prestigious online experience of unrivalled taste and quality – The Champagne in Africa event. CHAMPAGNE Beginner’s Guide to Touring Champagne Champagne is easily accessible North east of Paris, 45 minutes by train (TGV) or an hour and half by car, offering far more than just a chance to sample the delectable bubbles. ENTERTAINMENT 2021 Champagne Festival at Home The much-loved annual Absa Champagne Festival is taking place on 21 October. This year we’re going virtual, which means you can join in the fun from the comfort of your own home. This is celebration of life, of success and of excellence… so kick off the slippers and lounge wear in exchange for something from the hardly worn evening section of your wardrobe. Invite a few friends and host your own Champagne festival while tuning into this red carpet event.