Bollinger R.D. 1988 Champagne

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Bollinger R.D.
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Bollinger R.D.
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Bollinger R.D. 1988 - Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L   £1,495.00
Champagne Bollinger Overview
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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 1988 vintage was a late, rainy season with a good yield and perfect acidity. Generally considered a very good vintage, champagnes from this year are typically full-bodied and will remain in a condition of wonderful balance for a long time to come.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 66% Grand Cru, 34% Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay
Ageing: 10 years on the lees
Disgorged: May 2010
Dosage: 6 g/l
Drink: 2003-2020

Tasting Note: 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, this is still quite tense and will no doubt continue to develop well. Such lovely complexity - an elegant, balanced wine with real finesse.
Bollinger R.D.
Bollinger R.D.
Jancis Robinson MW,
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 – 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,
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.”
Stephen Tanzer,
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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