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Bollinger R.D. 2002 Champagne 75cl
|Bollinger R.D. 2002 - 75cl||Bollinger R.D. 2002 - 75cl||£199.95|
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Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.
News Article: Bollinger R.D. 2002 placed first in our comprehensive Prestige Cuvées from 2002 blind tasting in October 2016 with Jancis Robinson MW. Read the full write-up here.
Vineyards: 71% Grand Cru, 29% Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Ageing: 11 years on the lees
Disgorged: October 2014
Dosage: 4 g/l
Drink: Now to 2025
Tasting Note: A light golden colour, this has a nose of dried apricot mixed with grilled nuts. 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 ageing and this seriously mature champagne finishes with a freshness of fruit and long-lasting flavour. Only the very best vintages become Bollinger R.D. and 2002 is one of the best ever. This is mesmerising.
Incredibly intense aromas – baked apple, cinnamon, freshly baked bread. Conventional and recognisably champagne, but to a greater, more intense degree. Some creamy coffee on the palate and wonderfully savoury salinity on the finish. Very, very long persistence. Champagne to the power of ten. (RH)”
Deep straw gold. Start of that woodland-mushroom Bollinger aroma. Masses of character. Not quite as tense as some 2002s – more Bollinger style with the dry overlay. Very, very Bollinger.
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?”
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.”
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.”
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. ”
The House owns an impressive 164 hectares of vineyards, of which 85% are Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines. Their land is spread over seven main vineyards: Aÿ, Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay planted with Pinot Noir; Cuis with Chardonnay; and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Bollinger are one of the few Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House's vineyards and defines the House style: complex and powerful with remarkable structure.
Cellar Master: Gilles Descôtes
Winery Location: Aÿ | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Vallée de la Marne
Annual Production (bottles): 2,500,000
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Upon meeting Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who left his country to learn about the Champagne wine trade and Paul Renaudin, a local man who was fascinated by the world of wine, the firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Joseph managed sales and Paul took charge of the cellar. Athanase had founded a Champagne House that was to endure through the centuries.
Today, Bollinger own 164 hectares of vineyards, of which 85% are Grand and Premier Cru, spread over seven main villages: Avenay, Aÿ, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay planted with Pinot Noir, Cuis with Chardonnay and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Bollinger are one of the few Champagne Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House’s vineyards, and this is the predominant grape in their Special Cuvée blend. Complex and powerful, the black grape variety produces Bollinger champagnes with remarkable structure.
Another unique character of Bollinger wines is that the best Crus are vinified in wood thanks to a stock of 3,000 small oak casks. The House allows its wine to mature for twice as long as the appellation requirement as they believe that great champagne needs time to develop its full character.
Another of Bollinger’s distinctive features are two plots, the Clos Saint-Jacques and Chaudes Terres, which have never succumbed to phylloxera, the disease which ravaged almost all of the champagne growing area in the early 20th century. These ungrafted vines are entirely tended by hand and reproduced using a form of layering called provignage, thereby providing the means to preserve this extraordinary heritage from which the very exclusive Vieilles Vignes Françaises Cuvée is produced.
Bollinger never yields to the easy option: wherever ancestral techniques have proved to guarantee the highest quality they are preserved, however challenging this choice might prove. With hand riddling, reserve magnums and vintage cuvées stoppered with natural corks and a resident cooper the House proudly perpetuates ancient skills and valuable crafts. Bollinger is the first Champagne House to obtain the highly respected Patrimoine Vivant (living heritage) seal of quality which rewards exceptional craftsmanship and skill.
In 2008, for the first time in its history, the House placed its future into the care of a Chairman who was not a family member. Their choice fell on Jérôme Philipon, a Champagne region native who had lead and impressive career in large industrial groups including Coca-Cola Enterprises. The choice might be unexpected but Champagne Bollinger has never hesitated to reject conformity for the good of the House and its champagne production.
With support of the Bollinger family, Jérôme Philipon has extended his predecessor’s programme of modernisation and investment. The House has continued to preserve its traditional expertise while incorporating the best of new technologies for the future development of the brand, both in terms of quality and commercial growth.