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Bollinger R.D. 1988
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Bollinger R.D. 1988 Champagne

More vintages: 1976, 1996, 2002The Bollinger Champagne House has created prestigious champagnes with character, distinguished by their elegance and complexity, since 1829. The story began with Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble family. He inherited an extensive estate from his family in the A  region. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne. Upon meeting Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who left his country to learn about Champagne, and Paul Renaudin, a local man fascinated by the world of wine, the firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Owning 164 hectares of vineyards of which 85% are Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines, Bollinger is one of the few champagne Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends.

Madame Bollinger created the first legendary vintage in 1967 with the launch of R.D. 1952. Bollinger R.D is the result of Madame Bollinger's great vision: an expert wine with aromas enhanced by it's exceptionally long maturation in the Bollinger family cellars - more than three times longer than required. As said by JÚrome Philipon, President of Champagne Bollinger: 'Bollinger R.D. is the absolute proof that our House remains faithful to Madame Bollinger's work. It is the assumed expression of the contrast between great freshness and the development of aromas found in Champagnes with great ageing potential.' Bollinger R.D. is James Bond's favourite champagne.

The 1988 vintage was a late, rainy season, with an average yield of 9000 kg/hectare, 9.2% alcohol and 9.4 g acidity. This displays a deep, dark golden colour and a wonderfully complex, toasty nose showing some nice evolution. The palate is classic Bollinger; solid and precise, with masses of acidity. Remarkably it's still quite tense and will no doubt continue to develop marvellously. Lovely complexity here: an elegant, balanced wine with real finesse.

Grape Varieties: 72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay
Dosage: 6 g/L
Disgorged: May 2010

Bollinger R.D. 1988 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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JancisRobinson.com,
Jul 2011
19.5/20
“Deep gold. Just wonderfully complex, well-integrated nose. The very special quality of this wine just leapt out of the glass. Minerals and enormous depth. Great substance and delicacy too. Absolutely archetypal Bollinger: solid, dry, yet complex and ethereal on the nose. Masses of acidity ľ still tense. It would be a crime to drink this wine thoughtlessly at a reception; it really does demand concentration, and applause.
Disgorged 7 March 2011. Rainy, late season. 72% Pinot Noir. 17 villages. 66% grands crus. Yield 9,000 kg/ha, initial potential alcohol 9.2%, initial TA 9.4 g/l, pH 2.9, final TA 5.6 g/l, final alcohol 12.1%.”
Wine Spectator,
Nov 2001
92/100
“Mature and nutty in character, this 1988 exhibits a firm texture and an elegant stature, a fine backdrop for the roast coffee, hazelnut and citrus flavors. Dry style.”
VinousMedia.com,
Nov 2000
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92+/100
“Classic Bollinger aromas of baked apple, toffee, coffee, nuts and brioche. Then superrich, highly concentrated and penetrating, with impressive chewy extract. Uncompromisingly dry and just beginning to unfold. Really saturates the palate. Remarkably young for a 12-year-old Champagne-but then the best '88s are evolving slowly. Finishes with superb length.”
Bought directly from Bollinger through their UK agent Mentzendorff, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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