Today we are absolutely thrilled to offer one of the finest Champagnes in the world, Bollinger R.D. Produced in only the best vintages, it offers a unique combination of freshness and extraordinary intensity due to disgorgement just before the release, as well as showing complex aromas of an older vintage. Capable of ageing for decades, this is an incredibly sought after Champagne which only gets more expensive with years in the bottle. We are extremely pleased to be able to offer today’s release at a price of £625 per case of six In Bond which represents excellent value compared to similar scoring older vintages, currently trading at £1,500 and above. 
 

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2007979795n/a£625
200497N/A9597£625
200292959399£770
199794n/a93N/A£1,250
1995n/a9195N/A£1,500
1990989493N/A£1,700
1988n/a8897N/A£2,100
1985n/a9395N/A£2,000
1979929596N/A£2,400
197595n/a95N/A£2,400
1973n/a9695N/A£2,400

 

The 2007 vintage experienced cold and rainy summer and did not look particularly promising for many Champagne houses. However the sun returned at the beginning of September and dry winds saved the day, at least for those who delayed picking until mid-September. This situation particularly benefited the Pinot-led houses, such as Bollinger. Antonio Galloni of Vinous notes that thanks to the careful selection of grapes (only 14 villages made it into the final blend, compared to usual 18-25) Bollinger managed to produce a superb wine which reflects the nature of the unique growing season. Galloni has awarded R.D. 2007 with 97 points emphasizing the distinctive character of this release: “The 2007 is an R.D. driven by more focus, energy and tension than readers are used to seeing. Lemon confit, dried flowers, sage, mint, crushed rocks, almond and ginger are some of the aromas and flavors that give the 2007 its complex, multi-faceted personality.” The same point (and score) is reiterated by William Kelley of The Wine Advocate: “Full-bodied, vibrant and incisive, it’s unusually elegant and structurally fine-boned for what is routinely one of Champagne’s more muscular tête de cuvées, with a bright spine of acidity that’s cloaked in vibrant, concentrated fruit, complemented by a pearly pinpoint mousse and concluding with an intensely sapid finish. Long and penetrating, this is a tightly coiled R.D. that will reward bottle age,” while Richard Juhlin admires the unusually pronounced mineral character of this wine, “the minerality is even clearer with macadam, chalk and gunpowder smoke. The champagne is extremely slim with a slightly buttery vanilla-like note as the top layer on above the dry notes of cocoa, hazelnut cream, dried apricots, blood orange and red juicy apples. An unusually fine-tuned classic.”

Bollinger R.D. 2007 is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from 14 crus, including 91% Grand Crus. The cuvee itself is the progeny of Lily Bollinger’s desire to release an older vintage disgorged much later than conventional vintage Champagnes. The name R.D. stands for “recently disgorged”. By introducing this technique for the 1952 vintage Madame Bollinger created the unique style which has since been copied by many other Champagne houses. This style combines the aromatic intensity of the finest vintages and a wonderful freshness on the palate. Bollinger R.D. is the logical extension of their prestigious Grand Annee, achieved by ageing the wine longer on its lees.

Bollinger R.D. is a Champagne that stands out, even among the very top names, due to its rarity and global cachet. It is a truly remarkable wine, one that is hard to source in its youth and very expensive to acquire with bottle age. We are pleased to offer this today in limited quantity, on a purely first come first served basis and we urge you to secure your parcel as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.