Bollinger / 2002 R.D. Extra Brut Champagne.

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1 x 75cl Bottle
99 Points / James Suckling.
Bollinger / 2002 R.D. Extra Brut Champagne

COUNTRY/REGION: France/Champagne.

ABV: 12%


This is the result of Madame Bollinger’s great vision: an expert wine with aromas enhanced by its exceptionally long maturation, it will last forever; James Bond’s favourite champagne.

R.D. (meaning Recently Disgorged) is exclusively produced with wines from the cuvée juice. The first fermentation of R.D. is always 100% carried out in oak barrels, which has become quite unique in Champagne. The Cru are fermented in small oak barrels (205, 225 and 410 litres), which enables a rigourous selection.

Bollinger only uses old barrels (5 years and more), in order to generate neither an oaky taste nor tannins. This method reinforces the aromatic complexity and the ageing potential of the wines. Once the wine is bottled, the carbonic fermantation and cellar ageing are conducted under natural cork. This enables a better protection against oxidation compared with a metal crown cap. This method, nowadays very seldom used in Champagne, is a guarantee of freshness. It allows the aromas to preserve all their bouquet.

R.D. ages in cellar for at least 8 years. After manual riddling and disgorging, the wine rests for a minimum of 3 months prior to shipment.

TO THE EYE: Golden with subtle highlights.

TO THE NOSE: Aromas of stewed ripe fruit, particularly quince, but also a discreet note of honey. These are followed by roasted notes and cocoa, which give way to flavours of star anise and nutmeg.

ON THE PALATE: Full-bodied attack. Powerful but well-balanced, with persistent flavour. Mineral finish with touches of lemon revealing a pleasing bitterness.

VINOUS:  "Bollinger's 2002 R.D. is striking in its beauty. Silky and caressing on the palate, the 2002 impresses for its exceptional balance and harmony. In 2002 so many Champagnes are ripe and explosive in style, but the 2002 R.D. is quite restrained by comparison. Hints of apricot pit, smoke, almonds, spices and pears ring out on the super-finessed, inviting finish. The 2002 is going to be nearly impossible to resist in its youth, but it should also age impeccably. All the elements are in the right place. Dosage is 3-4 grams per liter."

Antonio Galloni, November 2014

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 working days for your delivery to arrive.