RD, Extra Brut

    RD, Extra Brut,



    Bollinger, RD, Extra Brut, 1996

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Bollinger, RD, Extra Brut, 1996

    RD is aged for a minimum of eights years under cork, and after manual riddling and degorgement is kept for a further 3 months before shipment. The 1996 is a firm, concentrated wine, taut and powerful with a rich but brooding structure, packed with crisp, crunchy red fruits characteristics, citrus rind, with notes of toast, nut and undergrowth. This will develop gradually and gracefully, requiring at least 3- 4 years before being approached.

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous
    The 1996 R.D. (2012 disgorgement) is in a gorgeous spot right now. A stunning set of aromas and flavors have developed in bottle, making the 1996 a real treat to taste and drink at this stage. Scents of coffee, hazelnut, honey, dried flowers, menthol and candied orange peel all lift from the glass. Mature and yet also quite fresh, with terrific nuance, the 1996 R.D. is a terrific example of the timeless beauty that only Champagne can deliver. Disgorged: 2012.
    Date Reviewed:
    Drinking Window:
    2019 - 2029


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    There are seldom few who are not familiar with the Champagne house, Bollinger. Firmly positioned as a Grande Marques, Bollinger dates back to 1829, when Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin began creating these exquisite and highly traditional wines. The house flourished under the leadership of Madame Lily Bollinger, who often rode her bicycle around the vineyard and was known for remarking when asked about her 1955 Vintage, “I drink it when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”

    Now, her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier is at the helm. Fermentation takes place in used oak barrels and extended ageing sur lies last between 6 and 9 years prior to disgorging. Doseage is low to ensure balance and finesse, with many wines being riddled by hand, including the simply stunning Grande Annee.

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