In May 2013, Champagne World met with Bollinger chef de caves Gilles Descôtes to discuss the phylloxera outbreak of the turn of the century. Phylloxera was an aphid from America which, over the course of 60 years, helped to destroy the majority of the grapevines throughout France, with the pest spreading from south to north. Somehow, three small plots owned by Bollinger managed to escape the plague. The team met with Mr Descôtes at the Bollinger house in Ay, Champagne, to discuss how this could have happened, and we filmed our interview on the site of one of their original pre-phylloxera vineyards. The site is still used to produce their Vieilles Vignes Françaises champagne with grapes grown using traditional, pre-phylloxera methods. Champagne World is a free champagne lifestyle Newsstand application for iPad. Click here to download: bit.ly/11Bzv7B.