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Bollinger RD 2004 Vintage Champagne 150cl Gift Boxed

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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.

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Pairs well with…

  • Duck
  • Parmesan
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
  • Venison
Bollinger, RD Extra Brut 2004 Champagne Magnum
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
Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay. 16 crus: 88% Grands crus and 12% Premiers crus.
Bright and deep gold. Abundant stewed and candied fruits, accompanied by touches of sweet spice. With time, notes of mirabelle and preserved orange unfold in the glass. On the palate: A grand generosity. Intense cooked fruit and tarte tatin flavours express themselves in a mouth that is full and harmonious.
Bollinger R.D. will enhance all great gastronomic moments. R.D. 2004 marries perfectly with the most refined dishes, such as pigeon cooked pink or roasted scallops. The intensity of the wine makes it the perfect partner for an aged Gruyère or Comté.

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.

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Brand Bollinger
Country France
Volume (cl) 150
ABV (% vol) 12.5
Style Brut, R.D.
Champagne Expression Brioche
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
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