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    61
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    No
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    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

R.D. (Recently Disgorged) is the result of a great vision of Madame Bollinger, R.D. is a magnification of the very best that the Champagne region’s terroir has to offer. R.D. starts as a Grande Année, the prestige cuvée of Bollinger, and is allowed to mature for an extra 8 to 20 years, sometimes more. This special aging allows the wine to maintain a unique combination of freshness and vivacity, while developing delicate and complex aromas. The result is a unique style of its own that is highly acclaimed by Bollinger lovers and true wine connoisseurs. The disgorgement date - clearly stated on the back label - is informational. It does not mean that R.D. should be consumed soon afterwards. Much to the contrary, the R.D. wines are characterized by an impressive capacity to age, not only before, but also after the date of disgorgement.

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Wine Information

In 1961, Mrs Bollinger offered the world the possibility of tasting a wine whose ageing on the lees had been pushed to the limits, a wine paradoxically presenting extraordinary freshness and incredible aromatic expression. And so Bollinger R.D. was born: an outstanding champagne that has since become the favourite of connoisseurs, including a certain James Bond. As a fitting celebration of the 50th anniversary of this wonderful idea, an incredible tasting of twelve emblematic Bollinger R.D. vintages was organised at Chef Alain Ducasse's restaurant Le Jules Verne, on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in July 2011. The guests included thirty professional wine-tasters from around the world, and Bollinger also invited five amateur connoisseurs, winners of the Life can be perfect competition. They all seized this exceptional opportunity to discover the freshness of the 1952, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1997 vintages.

To conclude this anniversary year in style, Bollinger has decided to produce a limited series of cabinets in veined, wengé-coloured oak, adorned with brushed brass plaques, to showcase the twelve vintages tasted on 8 July 2011. The designer Eric Berthès dreamed up the unique design of this contemporary piece, whose six staggered drawers sheathed in black lacquer open to reveal a pair of Bollinger R.D. vintages. Each piece is unique: just twelve copies of the R.D. furniture are being produced worldwide and offered for sale at the retail price of €12,000.

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Vintage 1976

This sunny and hot drought year with record heat levels across Europe led to a very early harvest, which began on September 1st. Large yields (averaging 10,359 kg/ha) of super ripe fruit produced rich and powerful champagnes, although relatively low in acidity (averaging 7.2 g/l). The acidity levels made some winemakers doubt the wines' longevity but this has since been proven wrong by a multitude of majestic 1976 Champagnes defying time. The style is unashamedly ripe, big and even fatty with plush fruitiness. By no means ‘classic' in style but nevertheless great and a forefather to the warm vintages we are experiencing now. Bollinger R.D. 1976 from magnum for example, is something to behold. Other magnificent cuvées include Philipponnat Clos des Goisses, Dom Pérignon Brut and P3, Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque, Piper-Heidsieck Rare and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Smoky and Mineral

nose

Intense, Complex and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex and Dry

Written Notes

A touch lighter than expected, considering the house and the vintage. The hazelnut aromas and smoke tones are weaker than usual. The '76 relies instead upon a polished citrus fruitiness. Unusually short aftertaste. Delightful in a magnumbut mdeirised in regular bottle when last tasted. Fantastic still when the bottle comes directly from Bollinger.
  • 95p
Extremely hot and dry vintage yielding concentrated wines. This late disgorged wine expresses the vintage well. Golden-yellow colour with modest amount of small bubbles. Very complex and rich nose with strong yeast aromas. Lovely Bollinger style with ripe apple notes combining well with the smoky aromas. Dry and crisp wine with delicate mousse and edgy acidity. Great depth of flavours thanks to the long ageing “sur lie”. Lingering long, spicy, smoky, and lemony mineral finish. Drinking superbly now, but will keep easily over a decade more.
  • 94p

Bollinger R.D. 1976 /“Every one of my encounters with this wine has been a slight disappointment, but then again expectations fly really high for the vintage. The earlier disgorgements have had a really sweet appearing nose with candied fruit and patisserie notes. Mouth-filling, super ripe, chunky palate short of energy. It feels like its best days are already gone. From a very recent 2012 disgorged bottle if was still fully vibrant, with a peculiar combination of aged and youthful characters. Probably still recovering from the shock of such late disgorgement.”

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Ay, Champagne

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 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  R.D. Bollinger 1976  ( Bollinger )

"Wonderful Dom Perignon tasting, 16 vintages agains other great champagnes from the same vintages and the best champagne was 1979 Pommery Cuvée Louise:)..average 98 points!...very close 1973 Cristal and Dom Perignon 1996 enoteque."

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