Bollinger R.D.
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Bollinger R.D.
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Bollinger R.D. 2002
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Bollinger R.D. 2002
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Bollinger R.D. 2002 Champagne

More vintages: 1976, 1988, 1996The 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 Aÿ 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 Jérome 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.

A light golden colour, this has a nose of dried apricot mixed with grilled nuts. However, R.D. 2002 really comes alive on the palate - expressing toasty flavours and perfectly treading the balance between real weight without being too heavy. The powerful flavours are due to the extra aging (more than three times longer than required for Champagne) and this seriously mature Champagne finishes with a freshness of fruit and long lasting flavour. Only the very best among vintage champagnes become Bollinger R.D. and 2002 is definitely one of the most promising vintages of the last decade.

This is the second tranche release of R.D. 2002 and was disgorged in October 2014. The bottle, 75cl, is not in individual gift boxes, we will deliver in a our own TFB gift box and six bottle orders will be delivered in a Bollinger wooden branded case. The magnums you have a choice of no gift box or a wooden gift box as shown in the photograph on the left.

Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Dosage: 4 g/L
Disgorged (bottle): October 2014
Disgorged (magnum): October 2014

Rated 1st from 15 in our recent tasting: Read full tasting write up from October 2016 with Jancis Robinson MW

Bollinger R.D. 2002 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2016
19/20
“Disgorged October 2014. RS 4 g/l. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. From Bollinger's UK agent Mentzendorff.
Tasted blind. Dark gold. Mushrooms (a mature Bollinger trademark), savour and density with a dry finish. Definitely Bollinger RD. Some refinement too. Reminds me a little of a fine sake – umami?”
Decanter.com,
Jul 2016
95/100
“Expressive and richly textured Pinot Noir. Profound.
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2016
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18/20
“Disgorged October 2014. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. RS 4 g/l.
Tasted blind. Pinkish gold. Very slightly oxidised but not dangerously so on the nose. Then great energy on the end. This is almost Krug-like in how complex and tight knit it is. Savoury. Impressive. Energetic. Unusually dry finish.”
EssiAvellan.com,
May 2016
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94/100
“It has been a long wait for R.D. fans since the 1997 vintage, which was followed by only minuscule amounts of 1999 and 2000 coming in large formats only. Now there is a chance to celebrate 50 years of R.D. with the outstanding 2002 vintage. It is a bold, fresh and seamless vintage of R.D. with the higher than usual Chardonnay content bringing an extra layer of elegance. I enjoy the drive and linearity the wine has despite the huge concentration. The October 2013 disgorged bottle has been the best with super-stylish with its mineral restraint and autumnal. Apple and spice fruit profile with an under-control oxidative undertone. Perfected, super dry 3g/l dosage.”
JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2015
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18/20
“(Bottle) Tasted blind. Disgorged October 2014.
A little less fruity on the nose, as though it is a little evolved so seemed clearly from a bottle rather than a magnum - confirmed. Again very dry end.”
JancisRobinson.com,
Oct 2015
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18.5/20
“(Magnum) Tasted blind. Disgorged October 2014.
Big and broad on the nose. With a hint of putty. Edge of cream-of-mushroom soup. Bone dry and even a little chewy on the end. It seemed as though it had to be a magnum and it was. ”
JancisRobinson.com,
Jun 2015
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17.5
“Magnum. Lots of minerality on the nose and underlying fruit. Tense-issimo. Almost austere!”
VinousMedia.com,
Dec 2014
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94/100
“Light gold. Powerful, mineral-laced scents of orange zest, pear skin, iodine and chamomile, with a hint of anise in the background. On the palate, vibrant orchard and citrus fruit flavors unfurl slowly, picking up toasty lees and mace nuances that build on the back half. Sappy, tightly focused and stony, finishing with excellent thrust and building florality. This is showing an extremely youthful profile for its age and while I know that the received wisdom is that R.D. wines should be drunk soon after release, I'd let this one get some more years on it. ”
VinousMedia.com,
Nov 2014
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96/100
“Bollinger's 2002 R.D. is striking in its beauty. Silky and caressing on the palate, the 2002 impresses for its exceptional balance and harmony. In 2002 so many Champagnes are ripe and explosive in style, but the 2002 R.D. is quite restrained by comparison. Hints of apricot pit, smoke, almonds, spices and pears ring out on the super-finessed, inviting finish. The 2002 is going to be nearly impossible to resist in its youth, but it should also age impeccably. All the elements are in the right place.”
JancisRobinson.com,
Sep 2014
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19/20
“Very firm, savoury nose with Bollinger's trademark fungi. Very powerfully so but with excellent acidity and lift on the palate. This is touted as a 50th anniversary offering because the first RD (Recently Disgorged) vintage released on the UK market was the 1952, in 1967 (so it was three years older than this 2002). It was launched at the same time as the 1953 on the French and Swiss markets and the 1955 on the American and Italian markets. A nod to British taste for seriously mature champagne? This wine should not be served too cool. It has real weight - though does not taste heavy. I loved it on first release as Grande Année and it is less austere now. A bit mellower and more open though still with the deep throat salve sensation on the finish.”
JamesSuckling.com,
May 2014
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99/100
“Super fresh, this is striking given the 10 years in the cellars; it has a fine citrus nose - plenty of lemon, grapefruit, yellow chalky notes, some lighter floral elements too. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g) and there's a silky, sherbet-like texture, smooth, fine and long. The citrus flavours give way to the driving surging acidity, thunderous acidity, really driving and powerful. The finish twists very slowly through to light-toasted cashew fruit flavours, but lemon citrus prevails. This is thrilling Champagne.”
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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