NEW RELEASE - 2004 Bollinger R.D.

Bollinger's iconic R.D. Champagne from the great 2004 vintage has just been released.

It is a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay from 16 Grand and Premier cru vineyards.

R.D. stands for "Récemment Dégorgé" or Recently Disgorged, meaning it has been aged for longer than 13 years on its lees and has only recently had the finishing touches put on it before its release.

Only the finest vintages can withstand this extended ageing period prior to release and this magnificent 2004 R.D. also has the potential to age beautifully for many years to come.

Minimum Order – 6 bottles or 3 magnums
This wine will be available for delivery in April

2004 Bollinger R.D.

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Champagne2004Bollinger R.D. BT1561,250.00cs17.5 FVAdd to Basket
Champagne2004Bollinger R.D. MG431,320.00cs17.5 FVAdd to Basket
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Disgorged in June 2017, this is the 26th vintage of R.D. made by Bollinger, the first coming in 1952. Two thirds Pinot Noir and a third Chardonnay, there is a low 3g/l dosage, making this an Extra Brut. A pale lemon-gold in the glass, this is ripe and rich on the nose, the generosity of the vintage bringing pear tarte tatin, a honeyed brioche character and rich biscuity aromas. The lower dosage suits the vintage, with a drier mouthfeel allowing the ripe fruit, caramel and honey-roasted nut character to provide the breadth and richness. Notes of smoky toasted brioche are refreshed by balancing acidity, and the buttery, creamy notes from the extended lees ageing bring a mellow, smooth length that lingers on a deceptively long finish. The mousse is creamy and fine, with great persistence without any hint of aggression. This is a fantastic and approachable R.D., much opposed to the tighter and more closed 2002.

17.5 points, Farr Vintners

'One of my most exciting wine experiences was when I first tasted 1975 Bollinger RD 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 RD in the 80's". So right she was. When Bollinger decides to launch the newest vintage of RD, 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 RD 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 RD 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 jingling pure acids dance over the finish line.

96 points, Richard Juhlin

Minimum Order – 6 bottles or 3 magnums
This wine will be available for delivery in April