Forbes wanted to highlight how the winemaking region of Champagne is at the forefront of environmental stewardship, and included in its “Association des Champagnes Biologiques”, Champagne Bollinger is a producer of note. Taking into consideration that Champagne’s severe climate makes it very difficult to farm organically, there are 114 producers that are certified organic, with a growing membership.
Champagne Bollinger cultivates its vines under the HVE certification, and the latest release of La Grande Année 2014 is both traditional and modern.
The French Ministry of Agriculture developed the Haute Valeur Environnementale or HVE certification in 2001, a three-tiered system that encourages farms and vineyards to focus on increasing biodiversity, decreasing the negative environmental impact of their phyto-sanitary strategy (i.e. measures for the control of plant diseases, reducing the use of pesticides and fungicides), managing their fertilizer inputs, and improving water management. Once an operation has attained the third and most stringent level of the certification process, it is deemed worthy of the title “High Environmental Value” (“Haute Valeur Environnementale” or HVE).