Bollinger RD 2004 Vintage Champagne 75cl
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.Read more...
Pairs well with…
- White Meat
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'One of my most exciting wine experiences was when I first tasted 1975 Bollinger R.D. with my parents at their home. During yesterday's Sunday afternoon, I served them the latest edition of 2004 blindly. The 82-year-old's reaction did not allow for a wait. Mom immediately exclaimed "the same wonderful scent of chocolate and apricot like when we drank Bollinger R.D. in the 80's". So right she was. When Bollinger decides to launch the newest vintage of R.D., the wine must have its distinctive autolytic character of freshly baked bread, chocolate, hazelnut and mushroom. That is at least the thought. I would like to say that the last vintage in 2002 did not have these features at the launch at all, but instead relied on an almost grassy elegance and refined acid structure in an remaining youthful attire. With 2004 it is different. It's precisely like this Bollinger R.D. should taste from the beginning. Nobody can be disappointed here. Perhaps, 2004, is not one of the most heroic vintages but on the other hand one of the most classic. The very essence of the R.D. concept is to try to capture a wine's optimal maturity along with maximum freshness. Unfortunately, I do not think life expectancy is as good as in the La Grande Année version, but I may be wrong. The intensity of the mature layers of dark chocolate, tobacco, black truffles from Vaucluse and a melancholy hiking in the moist autumn forest is, at least, impressive. The mousse may struggle to reach the surface of the glycerol rich essence of wine. Nevertheless, it tingles of lust on the tongue when stringency, chalk and jingeling pure acids dance over the finish line.
Champagne Bollinger R.D. 2004
Drink: 2018 – 2030
Score 96 Points – John Stimpfig
Very classical forward, intense, tertiary RD (recently disgorged) nose with brioche, spice box and candied fruit. Fine, piercing acidity is ably supplemented by a bone dry, richly textured, vinous mouthfeel that glides across the palate. Great generosity, complexity and youthful harmony with orange peel, tart-tatin, bread, roasted cashew, minerals and nougat flavours. Elegantly well-structured with a fine persistent mousse and a long saline finish. This is absolutely ready now, particularly if you prefer your RD with a deliberately fresh and vibrant aromatic profile. According to cellar master Gilles Descotes, this is really the point of RD in certain vintages like 2004. ‘So I would recommend that you open it within the next twelve months in order to capture and enjoy this very particular aromatic expression.’ Alternatively, if you prefer a touch more honey and praline notes, keep it in bottle for another five years – or more!
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.
|ABV (% vol)||12.5|
|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|
|Time on Lees||Over 10 years|