SUITES HOTEL BOLLINGER BAR BLOG
Our 4 star Suites Hotel prides itself on nothing more than excellence, luxury and the ultimate customer experience. Of all the top champagne houses, Bollinger is the most distinguished with not only luxury and elegance, but character and complexity. Therefore, what better way to give our residents the best experience than to have a Bollinger Bar in our hotel?
Bollinger is closely associated with Britain, given a Royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1884. Other ties include James Bond, King James VII and the official champagne of England Ruby. Even whilst Bollinger has developed into an International brand, the UK is still it’s biggest importer. Proud to be an independent business, Bollinger pride themselves on superior high standards and quality.
So what is the history behind Bollinger?
The house was founded in Ay in 1829 by aristocrat Athanse de Villermont with two experts in wine Joseph Bollinger a traveling German and Paul Renaudin. Renaudin soon left the firm, however, Bollinger married ade Villermonth and expanded the business rapidly. Through the phylloxera crisis, the turmoil of the Great War, the difficulties of the recession and the Second World War the business continued to grow. During World War II, widowed Madame Lily Bollinger took charge of the house. Her sheer determination to expand and development the business was shown throughout the Allied Bombardments, sleeping in the cellar, including the American raid of August 10th 1944, which destroyed a third of Ay. Madame Bollinger developed the business buying prime vineyards in Ay, Grauves, Bisseuil and Chamviosy bringing the estate up to 440 acres.
These vineyards were able to give the edge over its competitors, supplying itself with over a third of the company’s needs. Madam Bollinger was a perfectionist and innovative business woman. Madam Bollinger was the driving force behind the unique original Bollinger R.D Cuvee. In 1865, Bollinger became one of the first merchants to ship a drier style of Champagne to England and in 1870 to the United States. Lilly Bollinger is well respected for successfully expanding the Champagnes house’s share of marketing whilst concentrating on the quality and tradition of the wines. She is well remembered for her statement;
“I only drink Champagne 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 in a hurry and drink it when I am; otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty.”
Lilly Managed Bollinger until 1971, when her nephews Claude d’Hautefeuille and Christian Bizot succeeded her.
Bollinger was modernised under the direction of Claude d’Hautefeuille, then handed down in 1994 to Bollinger’s Great-Great Grandson Ghislain de Monogolfier. Being a descendant of the founder of Bollinger Champagne, he continues to produce high quality champagnes whilst up keeping the Bollinger independent spirit.
Recently in 2008, for the first time since the creation of Bollinger, Ghislain de Mont Golfier placed the future of his family business to a chairman not related. Jerome Philipon, originally from a champagne background, however also having an extensive and successful career with large industrial groups. With the family maintaining the traditional expertise they are now able to incorporate the best technologies to both further develop the brand, in terms of quality and commercial growth.
So what makes the Bollinger House Estate different?
One thing that sets Bollinger apart from any other Champagne is the House’s 164 hectares planted with 85% of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines. Bollinger is one of the very few champagne Houses to product a third of its own grapes for their blends. Bollinger only use the highest quality grapes from the first pressing, resulting in an excellent must.
Another distinctive feature is the vines that are entirely tended by hand and reproduced using a form of layering called provignage, providing the means to preserve this extraordinary heritage.
Bollinger’s constant strive for perfection is also apparent in their wisdom to know when dealing with wines that time is magic. Time essentially magnifies the aromas of each wine, strengthening their character; it is a key factor to Bollinger’s philosophy. Gilles Descotes is the Bollinger’s cellar master who observers the wines from each cru and each plot, chooses only the finest wines to be vinified in old oak casks, a practice which has almost disappeared in the champagne production. The micro-oxygenation process delicately reveals the wines complexity and gives them an astonishing capacity for aging.
After the production of the winemaking, the excellence and devotion to detail certainly does not rest there. Every cork stopper is carried out by hand. Bollinger allows the bottles to rest for three months after disgorging to give the wine the time it desires to stabilise.
Labelled and packaged, they are finally ready to be shipped to clients all around the world.
At Suites Hotel we provide a variety of the top Bollinger Champagnes.
Bollinger Brut Special
This is the icon among non-vintage champagnes!
Special Cuvee is the result of the delicate blending between harvest grapes and a majority of reserve wines, including some aged in magnums for more than 15 years in Bollinger’s cellars.
We recommend you enjoy Special Cuvee with friends for a simple but meaningful moment. It’s a champagne ‘we give to the people we love and who love nice things’.
Made up of a blend of:
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Meunier.
Over 85% Grands and Premier crus
– ‘Fresh as a rose, balanced as a Bollinger’
This Rose is able to demonstrate the unique blending and red-winemaking skills: a true alchemy, a very technical wine.
Bollinger Rose was created in 2008.
Made up of a blend of:
62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnary, 14% Meunier
Only 5 to 6% red wine added due to its power.
Over 85% Grands and Premier Crus
Ayala Champagne Brut
The perfect example of the House’s fresher and elegant style.
Brut Majeure is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great historic House. Extended ageing in our cellars and a law dosage make this wine suitable for any occasions.
Made up of a blend of:
45% Pinot Nori, 30% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Menuier
The House of Ayala was one of the elite founding members of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques de Champagne and was purchased by Bollinger in 2005.
This Rosé Champagne has beautiful delicate cherry colour with a copper hue. A fine and delicate mouse with aromas of berries, cherries and spice. It is well balanced with a rich, fresh, long lasting finish. Ayala Rose is made up of a blend of:
51% Chardonnary, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier,
9% still red wine from Mareuil-sur-AC
Why not pop into our Brand new Luxury Suites Spa @Suites Hotel for our Fizz Friday Spa package?
Arrive at 5pm from work, sit with your friends and letthe week melt away with a glass of Bollinger.
Relax in our nail suite, catch up with the girls and enjoy a heavenly hand massage and a file and Vinylux polish of your choice, finished with a fondue of your choice!
All this for only £30, minimum of 2 ladies.
Or you could pop into our SUITES Hotel’s Bollinger Bar and enjoy a glass of Champagne?
Bollinger Brut Special, Glass £12.95 Bottle, £65.00
Bollinger Rose, Glass £12.50, Bottle, £75.00
Ayala Champagne Brut, Glass, £7.50, Bottle, £38.00
Ayala Rose, Glass £9.50, Bottle, £48.00
Bollinger pride themselves on achieving pure excellence, independence and high standards. At SUITES HOTEL we are also an independent 4 star hotel. We pride ourselves on making sure every guest has an enjoyable unique and luxury experience. We care about our customers, staff and products we provide.
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