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You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today

Town & Country wanted to remind readers that strong women are behind many of the top champagnes we enjoy today! Champagne Bollinger legend Lily Bollinger is among the women honored for her shrewd marketing and brand innovations, such as R.D. 2007.

The piece provides background on how she found herself in charge of Champagne Bollinger, following the death of her husband Jacques Bollinger in the height of WWII. Writer Lauren Hubbard says, “she raised the international profile of the house and introduced a new style of champagne to the market.” The piece provides a great overview of the origins of R.D. and credits Madame Bollinger for releasing to the public for the first time “what would become one of the house’s signature styles.”

Of course, we can’t speak about Madame Bollinger without noting her now famous quote from 1961 shared in The Daily Mail, “I drink Champagne 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.” Read the full story HERE

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