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Bollinger RD 2004 Vintage Champagne 75cl

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Bollinger R.D. combines the boldness of a recent disgorgement with the brilliance of the 2004 vintage. Produced exclusively with the cuvée juice from 16 Crus (88% Grands crus and 12% Premier crus). Bollinger R.D. is then fermented exclusively in small oak barrels and aged under natural cork in the cellars under Madame Bollinger’s house for more than four times longer than required by the appellation for an infinite array of flavours: a true wine alchemy.

“Recently Disgorged” means that disgorgement has taken place less than one year before commercial release. The wine offers freshness and extraordinary intensity due to its recent disgorgement, as well as the aromas of an old vintage which has been aged in the cellar for an exceptionally long time, all the while nourished by contact with the lees, and has blossomed during this time stored in perfect conditions.

In order to showcase its unique style, we recommend serving Bollinger R.D. at a temperature of 8°C, then to appreciate the evolution of its aromas over the course of the tasting. 

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Pairs well with…

  • Duck
  • Parmesan
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
  • White Meat
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.

To discover the freshness of recent disgorgement, Bollinger R.D. can be enjoyed in the year it was disgorged, or you may also choose to let it mature further: its potential for ageing is endless.

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) 75
ABV (% vol) 12.5
Style Brut, R.D.
Champagne Expression Summer Fruits, Light & Fresh, Red Fruits
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 Crus Premier Cru, Grand Cru
Champagne Grape Chardonnay
Time on Lees Over 10 years
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