Bollinger R.D.
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Bollinger R.D. 1996
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Bollinger R.D. 1996 Champagne

More vintages: 1976, 1988, 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 1996 harvest began with a dry and crisp winter with small amounts of frost, the budding began in mid-April. The peak of the harvest was very hot, especially during mid-August and September conditions were ideal with hot days and cool nights to allow the grapes to fully develop.

A golden colour with a creamy palate with hints of apples and dried fruits. A bold champagne with complex flavours and incredible ageing potential. On the palate an expressive initial dried fruits gives way to a slightly more floral mid palate. The vintage has benefited from extra ageing time on the lees to bring out its full bodied nature.

Grape Varieties: 70% Pinot Noir 30% Chardonnay
Dosage: 3 to 4 g/L
Disgorged: 28/03/2013

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Bollinger R.D.
Bollinger R.D.,
Jun 2016
“Magnum. Disgorged March 2013. 100% grands and premiers crus. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
Mid gold. Creamy, well-integrated nose. No sign of obvious oak. Lovely texture and no excess of fizziness. Bone-dry finish. No compromises! Very Bollinger but just the right side of austere. Massive activity somehow on the palate. Long and noble. But not flattering”,
Jun 2010
“Disgorged 15 October 2007. An 'incredible, exceptional year'. Summer was very very hot and then rain came at the end of August. Cool September nights. A 16 September start to harvest in very good conditions. Exceptional Indian summer. Very high sugar and acid. 70% Pinot Noir. 16 villages. 75% grands crus. Yield 12,000 kg, initial potential alcohol 10%, TA 10 g/l, 2.92 pH, final total acidity 6 g/l, final alcohol 12.1%.
Quite deep gold. Much more developed (and even slightly oxidative) than 1997 on the nose. Strong scent of baked buttered apples. Still quite firm and dense and savoury on the palate. Dry finish. Long. Very complex and open on the nose but still very tense on the palate. Obviously this wine has a long way to go but the nose of this particular bottle was more evolved than I would have expected from the palate. A wonderful wine.”,
Jan 2009
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“The 1996 R.D. from Bollinger is another superb wine from this vintage. An expressive bouquet of spices, acacia blossoms and perfumed fruit emerges from the wine's silky-textured frame. This generous R.D. is drinking well today, but also has enough freshness to age well for years. It is a great version of one of Champagne's legendary wines.”,
Jun 2012
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“An absolutely fabulous Bollinger. There is so much of everything. Exotic fruit, spice, lemon, vanilla and charred characters. The lately tasted bottles have had some oxidative notes but there is so much fruit and structure that it remains secondary. Really zesty acidity, bold fruitiness and near-eternal finish.”
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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