2002 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut Champagne

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To the eye: Golden with subtle highlights.

To the nose: Aromas of stewed ripe fruit, particularly quince, but also a discreet note of honey. These are followed by roasted notes and cocoa, which give way to flavours of star anise and nutmeg.

On the palate: Full-bodied attack. Powerful but well-balanced, with persistent flavour. Mineral finish with touches of lemon revealing a pleasing bitterness.

Bollinger R.D. will enhance all gourmet cuisine but its aura is such that it creates a special occasion on its own. Offering it as a gift is a sign of a great friendship. In order to fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, it is best served between 8 and 10°C, or more. Bollinger R.D. can be enjoyed right away to appreciate the exceptional freshness due to its recent disgorging; you may also choose to let it mature further: its ageing potential is endless.

R.D. stands for “Récemment Dégorgé”, Recently Disgorged: Madame Bollinger created this legendary vintage in 1967, giving the world the opportunity to taste a champagne aged on lees for an exceptionally long time. Her great vision? Enabling knowledgeable wine connoisseurs to share a very special moment, when very recently disgorged wine is as fresh and aromatic as ever. It was a small revolution in the world of Champagne... The daring Bollinger R.D. could only become James Bond’s favourite champagne.

Blend of the 2002 vintage: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. 23 crus: mainly Aÿ, Verzenay, Bouzy and Tauxières for the Pinot Noir, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Cuis for the Chardonnay - 71% Grands crus and 29% Premiers crus. Only the very best among vintage champagnes become Bollinger R.D.: 2002 is definitely one of the most promising vintages of the last decade.

Maturation: a very long maturation, more than three times longer than required by the appellation, for an infinite array of flavours: a true wine alchemy.

Dosage: very low: “Extra Brut”, 3 to 4 grams per liter.