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RD 2002 signifies 50 Years since Madame Lily Bollinger released the first RD vintage in 1952.
TIME, RARITY, BOLDNESS
An essential factor. Time enhances the truly exceptional. To go beyond the borders of hours and days to discover the aromatic complexity of this cuvée as well as the sensory emotions it arouses on the palate.
A limited reserve of exclusively hand-crafted bottles. Carefully preserved expertise, passed down from generation to generation. Extraordinary luxury and an extraordinary tasting experience.
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.
To the eye a golden colour with with subtle highlights. On 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.
In the mouth, full-bodied attack. Powerful but well-balanced, with persistent flavour. Mineral finish with touches of lemon revealing a pleasing bitterness.
Blend of the 2002 vintage: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. 23 crus: 71% Grands crus, 29% Premiers crus.
Only the very best among vintage champagnes become Bollinger R.D. and 2002 is definitely one of the most promising vintages of the last decade.
Maturation: a very long maturation, more than three times longer than required by the appellation, for an infinite array of flavours: a true wine alchemy.
Dosage: very low: “Extra Brut”, 3 to 4 grams per liter.
All types of risotto, especially mushrooms or truffle risotto. Venison. Old Comté or Swiss Gruyère.
Bollinger R.D. will enhance all gourmet cuisine but its aura is such that it creates a special occasion on its own. Offering it as a gift is a sign of a great friendship. In order to fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, it is best served at 12°C, or more. Bollinger R.D. can be enjoyed right away to appreciate the exceptional freshness due to its recent disgorging; you may also choose to let it mature further: its ageing potential is endless.
R.D. stands for Récemment Dégorgé, Recently Disgorged: Madame Bollinger created this legendary vintage in 1967, giving the world the opportunity to taste a champagne aged on lees for an exceptionally long time. Her great vision; Enabling knowledgeable wine connoisseurs to share a very special moment, when very recently disgorged wine is as fresh and aromatic as ever. It was a small revolution in the world of Champagne... The daring Bollinger R.D. could only become James Bond’s favourite Champagne.
“Bollinger R.D. is the absolute proof that our House remains faithful to Madame Bollinger’s work. It is the assumed expression of the contrast between great freshness and the development of aromas found in Champagnes with great ageing potential.”
Jérôme Philipon, President of Champagne Bollinger
In 1963, the first bottles of what was to become the legendary Bollinger R.D. appeared on the market. Madame Bollinger decided, in agreement with the House’s New York-based agent to release a limited quantity of bottles of “Réserve 1947” in the United States. The intention was to “create some competition for the special bottles”, in other words “Prestige cuvées” that other Champagne Houses were putting on the market at the time.
Madame Bollinger’s great idea was to choose an older vintage that was disgorged late and prepared like an Extra Brut. This was a daring move at a time when aged Champagnes were not fashionable, but the House put into practice the strong intuitive belief that the oxidative stress of disgorging would give great freshness to the future Bollinger R.D.
In 1967, after much hesitation concerning the final name of the cuvée (Late Disgorged, Late Disgorged Reserve), Bollinger R.D., standing for Recently Disgorged was chosen.