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Bollinger R.D. 2004

BOLD AND BRILLIANT

The Bollinger R.D. Experience: the extraordinary freshness of a recently disgorged wine, the exceptional aromas of an old vintage. 

Blend of the 2004 vintage: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay.
16 crus: 88% Grands crus and 12% Premiers crus.
Exclusive use of the cuvée. Fermentation entirely in oak barrels.
Only the very best vintages are elevated to the level of Bollinger R.D.: with time, 2004 revealed a beautiful aromatic potential and an extraordinary brilliance. 

Maturation: A very long maturation, more than four times longer than required by the appellation, for an in nite array of flavours: a true wine alchemy. Maturation carried out under natural cork.

Recent disgorgement: Bollinger R.D. is released only a few months after it is disgorged. This recent disgorgement guarantees the remarkable freshness of the wine.

Dosage: Very low. “Extra Brut”, 3 grams per litre.

To the eye: Bright and deep gold.
To the nose: Abundant stewed and candied fruits, accompanied by touches of sweet spice. With time, notes of mirabelle and preserved orange unfold in the glass.
On the palate: A grand generosity. Intense cooked fruit and tarte tatin flavours express themselves in a mouth that is full and harmonious. 

Bollinger R.D. will enhance all great gastronomic moments. R.D. 2004 marries perfectly with the most re ned dishes, such as pigeon cooked pink or roasted scallops. The intensity of the wine makes it the perfect partner for an aged Gruyère or Comté. 

In order to showcase its unique style, we recommend serving Bollinger R.D. at a temperature of 8°C, then to appreciate the evolution of its aromas over the course of the tasting. To discover the freshness of recent disgorgement, Bollinger R.D. can be enjoyed in the year it was disgorged, or you may also choose to let it mature further: its potential for ageing is endless. 


The majority of Champagne Houses have always kept a collection of old wines in order to share with their family, close friends and special guests. The custom was that these old wines were especially disgorged only a very short time before being tasted, so that those invited could share a perfect moment when the wine, disgorged just recently, would offer an extraordinary freshness and sumptuous aromatic expression. 

This is the boldness of both R.D. and Madame Bollinger who, realising the greatness of these wines, was the first to want to commercialise them in order to offer the entire world the chance to experience this tasting moment, considered at the time as “the ultimate in French Champagne”. At Bollinger, this exceptional cuvée would be called R.D. for “Recently Disgorged”, and its labels would be the first in history to bear a disgorgement date. A small revolution in the world of Champagne... 


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Bollinger R.D. 2002

Time, Rarity, Boldness

This is the result of Madame Bollinger’s great vision: an expert wine with aromas enhanced by its exceptionally long maturation, it will last forever.

James Bond’s favourite champagne.

Blend of the 2002 vintage 
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay 
23 crus: mainly Aÿ, Verzenay, Bouzy and Tauxières for the Pinot Noir, 
Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Cuis for the Chardonnay - 71% Grands crus and 29% Premiers crus.
Exclusive use of the cuvee. Fermented entirely in barrels.
Only the very best among vintage champagnes become Bollinger R.D.: 2002 is definitely one of the most promising vintages of the last decade 
Maturation 
A very long maturation, more than three times longer than required by the appellation, for an infinite array of flavours: a true wine alchemy 
Dosage 
Very low: "Extra Brut"", 3 to 4 grams per liter


To the eye  
Golden with subtle highlights. 
To the nose 
Aromas of stewed ripe fruit, particularly quince, but also a discreet note of honey. These are followed by roasted notes and cocoa, which give way to flavours of star anise and nutmeg.  
On the palate 
Full-bodied attack. Powerful but well-balanced, with persistent flavour. Mineral finish with touches of lemon revealing a pleasing bitterness.


All types of risotto, especially mushrooms or truffle risotto
Venison
Old Comté or Swiss Gruyère


Bollinger R.D. will enhance all gourmet cuisine but its aura is such that it creates a special occasion on its own. Offering it as a gift is a sign of a great friendship.
In order to fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, it is best served between 8 and 10°C, or more.
Bollinger R.D. can be enjoyed right away to appreciate the exceptional freshness due to its recent disgorging; you may also choose to let it mature further: its ageing potential is endless.


R.D. stands for "Récemment Dégorgé", recently disgorged: Madame Bollinger created this legendary vintage in 1967, giving the world the opportunity to taste a champagne aged on lees for an exceptionally long time. Her great vision? Enabling knowledgeable wine connoisseurs to share a very special moment, when very recently disgorged wine is as fresh and aromatic as ever. It was a small revolution in the world of champagne… The daring Bollinger R.D. could only become James Bond’s favourite champagne.

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