2013 Bollinger Champagne B13
2013 Bollinger Champagne B13 Characterised by freshness, the 2013 vintage has a unique profile, expressed by both fruity aromas – unconventional notes of citrus and yellow fruits – and gourmet ones – with flavours of tarte tatin and fresh almond. Tension and minerality characterise this edition. A glistening, precise wine.
In 2013, the Champagne region faced unique weather conditions: a long winter punctuated by snow and frost, a wet and hesitant spring, then a very hot summer with violent thunderstorms.
Despite these turbulent circumstances, Champagne Bollinger shaped the wine from this particularly late harvest into a vintage, and by doing so, also made a limited edition: B13, which stands for Bollinger 2013. It’s thanks to the ethical farming practices that Bollinger employs in the vineyard – minimal agricultural inputs, controlled yields, precise management of the grape’s maturity throughout the course of harvesting – that the Champagne House constantly benefits from undeniably high-quality grapes, no matter how difficult certain years can be. Today, B13 is a new example of this. This vintage Blanc de Noirs champagne embodies the excellence of the Bollinger vineyards on the Montagne de Reims, and is a tribute to Bollinger’s oenological and environmental values.
The story began with Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble family with a brilliant destiny. A great soldier who shone during the American War of Independence, he inherited an extensive estate from his family in the Aÿ area. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne, but as an aristocrat he was forbidden to become involved in trade. He then met Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who had left his country of birth to learn about the Champagne wine trade, and Paul Renaudin, a local man who was fascinated by the world of wine. The firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Joseph took care of sales and Paul of the cellar. Athanase had founded a champagne House that was to endure through the centuries.