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  • Country ranking ?

    712
  • Producer ranking ?

    27
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    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

R.D. stands for Récemment Dégorgé, recently disgorged: Madame Bollinger created this legendary vintage in 1961, 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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Vintage 1979

A piercingly cold winter delayed the start of the growing season and was followed by a decidedly cool spring with some frosts in May. As a result, growth was subdued but initial flowering was good. The weather improved in June and July with nice sunshine and gentle heat creating excellent conditions for ripening. Despite rainfall during harvest, sugar and acidity levels remained high and disease pressure didn't mount too much of an assault, producing Champagnes of impressive character and length. On top of quality, great quantity was also achieved, with an average crop of 11,061 kg/ha being picked between October 3rd and 31st. The Chardonnays were particularly successful and high-yielding. Krug Clos du Mesnil is sheer perfection, going from strength to strength over the years. There are plenty of great Champagnes still in outstanding form. They include Krug Vintage, Louis Roederer Cristal, as well as Lanson Vintage Collection and Noble Cuvée.

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Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long

flavors

Toasty

nose

Mature and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Medium-bodied, Harmonious and Elegant

Written Notes

A cold winter and cool, damp springtime delayed budbreak. June’s great weather contributed to good flowering. The warm and at times stormy weather was able to produce a high quality crop. The harvest was quite late and alcohol levels remained balanced at 9 degrees potential alcohol.
This late-discorged Bollinger is well into the process of  maturation, fine, lively, full of toast and fruity. Mouthfeel is silky with harmonious small and soft bubbles. Medium body, long and elegant wine.

  • 95p
A little over the 90 point line at the launch, later strangely odd. Bottles sold in Sweden showed a troublesome degree of bottle variation. Whether or not this was due to the house, or to careless handling during transport, is something I couldn't comment upon. Today the wine is back in perfect shape and vigour!
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Origin

Ay, Champagne

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