Bollinger R.D. 1976 Champagne

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Bollinger R.D.
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Bollinger R.D. 1976 - Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L   £2,250.00
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Madame Bollinger created the first vintage of this now legendary prestige cuvée in 1967 with the launch of R.D. 1952. An acronym for Recently Disgorged, Bollinger R.D. is the result of Madame Bollinger's great vision: an expert wine with aromas enhanced by its exceptionally long maturation in the Bollinger family cellars - more than three times longer than required. Bollinger R.D. is also James Bond's favourite champagne.

Weather: The 1976 season was a warm vintage overall, with flowering in early June. A very hot and dry summer produced grapes of great maturity and quality with very high potential alcohol levels. Champagnes from this vintage are rich, vinous and soft with heaps of character without overbearing strength.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 95% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Disgorged: March 2013
Dosage: 3-4 g/l
Drink: 2010-2019

Tasting Note: The 1976 harvest was remembered for the very hot and dry summer weather which produced grapes of great maturity and flavour. This champagne is rich and vinous. A charming deep gold colour with huge amounts of fruit present throughout, the finish is long and bold with alluring toasty notes.
Bollinger R.D.
Bollinger R.D.
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Jun 2010
19/20
“Disgorged 4 May 2010. Picked from 1 Sep. Hot, dry summer, the hottest since 1959. 65% Pinot Noir. 70% from Bollinger's own vineyards. 10,359 kg yield, potential alcohol 10.5+%, initial acidity 6.7g/l, pH 3.1, final TA 4.8 g/l.
Pale bronze. Extremely rich and candified on the nose. Soft and round. Relatively low acid. Toasty, this just washes over you. Really hedonistic. In view of the relatively low acidity, it's amazing how well this has lasted. Presumably the very late disgorgement helps.”
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Oct 2014
93/100
“Every one of my encounters with this wine has been a slight disappointment, but then again expectations fly really high for the vintage. The earlier disgorgements have had a really sweet appearing nose with candied fruit and patisserie notes. Mouth-filling, super ripe, chunky palate short of energy. It feels like its best days are already gone. From a very recent 2012 disgorged bottle if was still fully vibrant, with a peculiar combination of aged and youthful characters. Probably still recovering from the shock of such late disgorgement.”
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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