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Bollinger : RD Récemment Dégorgé 2002
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Bollinger : RD Récemment Dégorgé 2002

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Bollinger : RD Récemment Dégorgé 2002

An exceptional champagne cuvée where both power and perfect balance offer a formidable ageing potential

The producer

Timeless and legendary, the Bollinger Champagne House, nicknamed "Boll" by the inhabitants of the Champagne region and "Bolly" by the English, is part of an exclusive group of great Champagne houses. Founded in Aÿ in the Marne department in 1829, the Bollinger Champagne House has built its style around originality and excellence. From procuring the grapes to the winemaking process, they pay meticulous attention to detail. Fermentation is carried out in small oak barrels and the ageing of the vintage cuvées takes more than ten years, twice the appellation’s required time.

The vineyard

R.D. Récemment Dégorgé 2002 is made up of 23 different crus, of which 71% are Grands Crus and 29% are Premiers Crus.

The champagne

It was during the 1960s that the house gave birth to the R.D. cuvée for "Récemment Dégorgée", a symbol of Bollinger's bold creativity. Designed by the illustrious Madame Bollinger, Cuvée R.D. is an "Extra Brut" vintage champagne aged on lees, offered for tasting just after disgorgement. Unfettered by the rules of its time, the R.D. Bollinger cuvée, by creating a unique taste, lies at the root of a revolution in the world of Champagne.

The vintage

An exceptional champagne produced exclusively during great years, Bollinger R.D. 2002 unveils the exceptional aromatic expression of its vintage in a Champagne that has taken the time to evolve while still maintaining its shine. The 2002 vintage is one of the most promising from its decade.

The vinification and ageing

After the harvest, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are taken to the cellar in order to begin the custom-made winemaking process. The ageing time is particularly long, over three times longer than the appellation regulations, in order to tirelessly transform the aromas until a perfect wine alchemy is obtained. Dosage is very low, truly "Extra-Brut", with only 3 to 4 grams per litre. Bollinger R.D. 2002 is only put up for sale a few months after disgorging, giving the wine a remarkable freshness.

The blend

Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%).

The tasting

Colour

The 2002 R.D. Bollinger showcases a bright gold colour, with subtle sparkles.

Nose

The aromatic bouquet is complex and particularly marked by ripe and puréed fruit, more specifically quince enhanced by a touch of honey. Then, toasted and cocoa notes harmonise with aromas of star anise and nutmeg.

Palate

Bollinger R.D. 2002 embodies a great champagne with a fleshy attack. The power strikes both a perfect balance and a great persistence. This aromatic character continues into a mineral finish marked by pleasantly bitter lemon notes.

Food and wine pairing

Bollinger R.D. 2002 will truly enhance all variations of risotto, especially those which include mushrooms or are lightly truffled. This cuvée will also go wonderfully with game, old Comté and Swiss Gruyere.

Service and storage

Bollinger R.D. 2002 offers two great tasting moments. This Champagne can be tasted the year following its disgorgement in order to fully embrace its particular aromatic character and great freshness. However, Bollinger R.D. 2002 can also be savoured after several years in the cellar, when all the depth of its aromas and the remarkable character of its great ageing potential will be revealed.

For an optimal tasting experience, serve between 8 and 10 degrees C. 

Wine critic
Bollinger : RD Récemment Dégorgé 2002
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
Big names do not help if you are not familiar with a certain house style, and so I can understand everyone who dislikes Bollinger's 2002 RD Extra Brut, which at first sight reveals a matured if not an old wine displaying toffee, floral (hyacinths, narcissus, sage), vegetal and spicy aromas (oak, cannabis, frankincense, black bread) -- but almost no fruit (at least no fresh fruit). This wine was disgorged in March 2014, but just needs a lot of time in the glass to develop its complexity. On the palate this is a very pure, fresh, lively, firmly structured and almost ascetic wine with complexity, but almost no sensuality. Very distinctive style.
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