Bollinger R.D. Champagne
Bollinger - practically an onomatopoeia (or oeno-matopoeia?): bold, luscious, a growl at the end...
- Champagne, France
"Mid gold colour. Smoky hints on the nose. Creamy texture, salty. Ripe, slightly honeyed aromas. Brioche and baked apple. Moderate intensity on the palate, but there is good persistence and a touch of savoury salinity on the finish. Lovely honeysuckle and cream on the length. Still a long way to go, but superbly open already. Seems softer in acidity than the 2002." 18+/20 Richard Hemming for Jancis Robinson "When Bollinger decides to launch the newest vintage of RD, the wine must have its distinctive autolytic character of freshly baked bread, chocolate, hazelnut and mushroom. That is at least the thought. I would like to say that the last vintage in 2002 did not have these features at the launch at all, but instead relied on an almost grassy elegance and refined acid structure in an remaining youthful attire. With 2004 it is different. It's precisely like this Bollinger RD should taste from the beginning." 96/100 Richard Juhlin
"The 2004 has been anticipated with great keenness. There's a lovely autolytic ripeness on the nose, with just a touch of papaya. The moment you let it breath, there are more candy tones and preserved ginger. Eminently drinkable now, it would equally benefit from another five-ten years' ageing... but who can wait that long?" Tom Harrow, Honest Grapes Wine Director for Esquire
The 2004 vintage was a delight for Champagne growers, experiencing a cool early summer which developed into a warm end to the season. This helped the grapes retain the necessary acidity, combined with concentrated fruit juice. All major Champagne Maisons have already released their 2004, Bollinger R.D. remains the final release. Bollinger R.D. is the logical extension of their prestigious Grand Annee, achieved by ageing the wine longer on its lees. R.D. stands for recemment degorge or 'recently disgorged' in the hard working English tongue: R.D. is a registered trademark by Bollinger. They only make R.D. in the finest vintages, remaining a unique expression of its pedigree and the vintage which defines its creation. In 2004 Bollinger have produced one of their greatest ever R.D., a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay.