Over seven principal vineyards, the 179 hectares owned by the Bollinger House are planted with 85 percent Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines. Pinot Noir is grown in Aÿ, Avenay, Tauxières, Louvois, and Verzenay, Chardonnay in Cuis, and Pinot Meunier in Champvoisy. Now one of the very few champagne houses, Bollinger grows the majority of the grapes used in their blends.
After the principal fermentation in small stainless steel or wooden casks the still wine is bottled in the spring and taken down to rest in the encompassing quiet of the chalk cellars. The Special Cuvée champagne will remain there for at least three years and vintage cuvees for much longer.