Bollinger Magnum RD 2004 Vintage Champagne 150cl
Bollinger R.D. 2004 has been aged for more than 13 years in the heart of the House’s cellars in Ay. Recently disgorged, it finally reveals all the brilliance of the 2004 vintage. " This is a generous wine with intense aromas and an incomparable freshness for such age." Gilles Descôtes, Cellar master.
Only the very best vintages are elevated to the level of Bollinger R.D and with time, 2004 revealed a beautiful aromatic potential and an extraordinary brilliance. Bollinger RD gives the extraordinary freshness of a recently disgorged wine, the exceptional aromas of an old vintage. A Blend of the 2004 vintage: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay. Exclusive use of the cuvée. Fermentation entirely in oak barrels.
Maturation: A very long maturation, more than four times longer than required by the appellation, for an in nite array of flavours: a true wine alchemy. Maturation carried out under natural cork. Recent disgorgement: Bollinger R.D. is released only a few months after it is disgorged. This recent disgorgement guarantees the remarkable freshness of the wine.Read more...
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Drink: 2018 - 2034
Score 18.5/20 – Richard Hemming MW
Quite different to the regular bottle, with much more autolytic character and riper fruit too with a sort of orange peel fruit. Has the same slight honeyed note and generous flinty note. Not the biggest in terms of sheer weight, but certainly packed full of flavour.
Bollinger's 2004 R.D., tasted from magnum, is all class. Silky and understated, the R.D. is super-expressive and inviting today. In 2004, the R.D. is decidedly light on its feet and more perfumed than tends to be the norm at Bollinger. Candied lemon peel, mint, apricot, pastry and yellow fruits are laced together in a Champagne that delivers the goods.
96 Points - Antonio Galloni
R.D. stands for Récemment Dégorgé and although Bollinger is not the only Champagne house that sometimes ages its vintage wines on the lees for longer than the usual three years, this has become a legendary wine. The style was created by Madame Bollinger in 1961 with the 1952 vintage. Although it is usually assumed that this prolonged ageing is beneficial, the precise date of degorgement is important, and it is not Bollinger’s practice to disgorge every R.D. cuvée at the same time. Enthusiasts argue that the extended period of lees-ageing preserves the freshness and magnifies richness; however, others believe a vintage wine is fully mature when originally disgorged, and will not benefit from further bottle-ageing. The outcome will vary depending on the vintage, as well as other factors such as storage.
|ABV (% vol)||12.5|
|Champagne Region||Montagne de Reims|
|Champagne Village||Ay, Bouzy, Cramant, Cuis, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Tauxieres, Verzenay|
|Champagne Dosage (g/l)||3|
|Champagne Producer Type||Grand Marque|
|Champagne and Wine Aging||Oak|
|Closure||Cork and Cage|
|Champagne Grape||Champagne Blend|
|Time on Lees||Over 10 years|