Bollinger is one of France’s most prestigious and historical Champagne estates. It’s roots extend to the 17th century, when the first family members acquired land in France's Champagne region. In the 19th century the business officially took the name Bollinger, which was the name of one of the partners. By the late 19th century Bollinger was famous and exporting around the world. Today the family still owns the estate, though it is run by a professional executive who is not a member of the family. The nearly 400 acres are planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. More than 70% of Bollinger’s vineyards are in grand cru or premier cru plots, and two–thirds of all production comes from the estate’s vineyards. Very few Champagne estates grow such a high percentage of the grapes they use. Along with Dom Perignon, Bollinger is considered in the very top ranks of Champagne’s best estates.