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Bollinger ‘R.D.’ Champagne 2007

RM1,288.0

R.D. stands for ‘Recemment Degorge’, or ‘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. 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.

In the mid-1960s, while most Champagne Houses were developing unusually shaped bottles, Bollinger decided to concentrate on its signature taste. Although old vintages were not fashionable in 1967, Madame Bollinger was bold as ever. True to her pioneering spirit, she had the daring idea of marketing the 1952 vintage that had recently been disgorged and dosed as an Extra Brut.

2007 is a blend 14 different crus parcels (91% Grands crus and 9% Premiers crus) Fermented entirely in oak barrels. Only the very best vintages are elevated to the level of Bollinger R.D.: the 2007 vintage is characterised by remarkable precision and energy. A very long maturation, more than four times longer than required by the appellation, for an infinite array of flavours: a true wine alchemy. Bottled with very low dosage (3g/liter, so ‘Extra Brut’), Bollinger R.D. is released only a few months after it is disgorged. This recent disgorgement guarantees the remarkable freshness of the wine.

Intense shimmers of gold. Complex on the nose with aromas of honey and brioche. This is followed by a host of spices (ginger, cumin, caraway and more), before evolving into notes of mirabelle plum, dried apricot and fresh hazelnut. A lively and clean opening that reveals notes of white plum, walnut and aniseed. Its freshness is beautiful and its tension incredible. Pairings based on saffron, the ingredient selected to highlight the Bollinger R.D. 2007 cuvee: Langoustine with a saffron-infused vinaigrette – Fillet of halibut in a saffron crust – Bresse chicken with a saffron and ginger sauce.

In order to showcase its unique style, we recommend serving Bollinger R.D. at a temperature of 8a°C, then to appreciate the evolution of its aromas over the course of the tasting. There are two different experiences possible. The first entails a discovery of Bollinger R.D. during the same year of its disgorgement. In this case, the wine expresses a specific aromatic range, with complex fruity notes. The alternative experience involves leaving Bollinger R.D. for several more years to mature in the cellar, which then reveals the depth of aromas characteristic of the finest vintages.
WE: 98Pts; RP: 97Pts; Andreas Larsson: 97Pts; Vert de Vin: 97Pts; WS: 96Pts; Falstaff: 96Pts; La Revue du Vin de France: 18.5/20Pts

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The Bollinger champagne House has created prestigious champagnes with character, distinguished by their elegance and complexity, since 1829. These outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail, for Bollinger accepts nothing less than excellence. Each and every detail represents a quest for a certain form of perfection. This uncompromisingly independent spirit, dedicated to ostentatious achievement, exemplifies the inimitable elegance for which the Champagne region is renowned and which has so impressed the Court of England that the House has been awarded the Royal Warrant since 1884.

The House’s 178 hectares are planted with 85% of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines, spread over seven main vineyards: Aÿ, Avenay, Tauxieres, Louvois et Verzenay are planted with Pinot Noir, Cuis with Chardonnay and Champvoisy with Pinot Meunier. Bollinger is one of a very few champagne Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends.

Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House’s vineyard, corresponding to the exact proportion of this demanding grape variety in the Special Cuvee blend. Complex and powerful, it provides Bollinger wines with their remarkable structure. Another of Bollinger’s distinctive features are two plots, the Clos Saint-Jacques and Chaudes Terres, which have never succumbed to phylloxera, the disease which ravaged almost all of the champagne wine-growing area in the early 20th century. These ungrafted vines are entirely tended by hand and reproduced using a form of layering called provignage, thereby providing the means to preserve this extraordinary heritage from which the very exclusive Vieilles Vignes Francaises cuvee is produced.

Since 2011, Maison Bollinger is certified High Environmental Value (HEV) corresponds to the highest level of a more general scheme of environmental certification for farms & vineyards. The environmental certification is a voluntary approach which aims to identify and promote particularly environmentally-friendly practices applied by growers. HEV covers four key areas: biodiversity conservation, plant protection strategy, management of fertiliser use and management of water.
In order to engage the whole agricultural sector in an approach focused on environmental progress, it is designed on the basis of certification of the whole farm at three levels. The third or “high environmental value” level is based on performance indicators. Farm certification, which enables farmers to label their products with a value statement “from farms certified as having high environmental value”, guarantees a farm’s high level of environmental performance.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Alcohol Level

Bottle Size

750ml

Brand

Bollinger

Country

France

Region

Champagne

Grape Variety

30% Chardonnay, 70% Pinot Noir

Family

Sparkling wine

Vintage

2007

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Bollinger ‘R.D.’ Champagne 2007
RM1,288.0
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