The House of Bollinger was founded in the village of Ay in the Vallee de La Marne in 1829. This is one of the key centres of excellence in Champagne production, with 100% Grands Crus Vineyards surrounding the property.
Jacques Bollinger took over the family firm in 1918 from his father George, it was Jacques' marriage to Emily Law de Lauriston Bourbers known as "Lilly" which pushed the Bollinger brand onto new heights as she was a great ambassador, travelling the world tirelessly to promote the great wines. She famously said...
"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."
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