R.D. Champagne 2004
Wine Advocate awarded this “great Champagne” 97 points, a score matched by James Suckling who described it as “majestic and so rewardingly complex.” And they aren’t alone in their praise, as proven by Champagne expert Richard Juhlin rating Bollinger R.D. 2004 at 96 points and Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages scoring it 18.5 points out of 20. In short, the critics love it, we love it and anybody else who tastes it is sure to do the same.
Most Champagne houses keep a small collection of old wines for their family, friends and special guests. This is Bollinger’s, and they’re inviting you into that circle of the chosen few to be able to taste it. Traditionally these wines were disgorged only a short time before drinking them, when Madame Bollinger realised just how good they were she knew she had to share them and Bollinger R.D. – “Recently Disgorged” – was born. It set a precedent as the first Champagne to bear a disgorgement date.
This was handcrafted from a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay drawn from 16 crus of which 88% were Grands Crus and the remainder were Premier Crus. Fermented entirely in oak and aged for almost 13 years before being disgorged and released, Bollinger R.D. 2004 is a one-of-a-kind. Concentrated and wine-like, there are lots of breakfast flavours like pain aux raisin, grapefruit, coffee, honey and brioche spread with Nutella, which mingle with panettone, nougat, apricot, cherry, apple crumble and clotted cream. Softer than the 2002 release, this is just an absolute delight to drink now or over the next 15 years.
Champagne Bollinger was founded in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger, and soon earned a reputation for quality. Under subsequent generations, its reputation has gone from strength to strength, and today it is one of the most prestigious of all Champagne brands. Stylistically, Bollinger is renowned for its rich and savoury style of wines.
£28.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2928831
Style No.: 724048
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