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  • Country ranking ?

    3 190
  • Producer ranking ?

    57
  • Decanting time

    20min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Smoked Salmon Tartine

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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Vintage 2002

Blend of the 2002 vintage/ 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
23 crus: 71% Grands crus, 29% Premiers crus
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

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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep

ending

Long

nose

Wide and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity

Verdict

Sophisticated

Written Notes

Beautiful sophistication and youthful beauty. While there is a certain knot device and distinct but faint RD tones thowards mushroom, truffle and mineral saltiness. Blooming in the glass and not unlike a young RD 1975, so at some point will this wine breathe sweetest chocolate and nut symphony. Last incredibly tied and grassy. How can disgorging affect so individual in the bottles?
  • 93p

Bollinger RD 2002 (magnum) Deepish colour. Lifted slightly high toned nose where the oak influence is clear still. Slightly heavy in the mouth with the pinot dominating. Not particularly complex and somewhat lacking elegance? 17.  Same wine from bottle was even more developed with angular acidity and not particularly harmonious.

  • 90p

Tasted Blind, PWC: Very fine slow bubbles, clean tight nose here, a bit muted, slightly musty, earthy notes maybe, its got grip it feels mushroomy definitely Pinot it seems, long intense finish, tight coil, oak here, powerful. This has good sweetness too, this is quite complete for me maybe Pol Winston?

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Information

Origin

Ay, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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