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2007 Bollinger R.D.
 

R.D. stands for Récemment Dégorgé (Recently Disgorged). The 2007 has been aged for over 13 years on its lees before being released.

The blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay is sourced from 14 Grand and Premier cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and Côte de Blanc.

The base wines are vinified in used oak barrels, sourced from Bollinger's Burgundian property, Domaine Chanson. The dosage is a very low 3g/l.

Bollinger R.D. is a powerfully intense wine which can be enjoyed for its freshness upon release or allowed to mature for 2-3 decades, adding further complexity and nuance. A magnum of 1985 that I opened not so long ago was still incredibly vigorous and vibrant.

2007 has turned out to be a surprisingly impressive vintage. A cool, damp summer was saved at the last minute by September sun and drying Northerly winds. This particularly benefitted the Champagne house that favour the later ripening Pinot over Chardonnay. 

R.D. has only been made in 26 vintages since the debut 1952 and it remains one of the scarcist of grand marque prestige cuveés. We have a handful of cases to offer.
 

2007 Bollinger R.D.
 

30 Bot @ £625 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£770.58 duty & VAT paid


Disgorged on July 10, 2020, with three grams per liter dosage, Bollinger's eagerly awaited 2007 Extra-Brut R. D. is beautiful, unwinding in the glass with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, citrus pith and white flowers mingled with hints of honey, orange oil, buttery pastry, English walnuts and delicately spicy bass notes. Full-bodied, vibrant and incisive, it's unusually elegant and structurally fine-boned for what is routinely one of Champagne's more muscular tête de cuvées, with a bright spine of acidity that's cloaked in vibrant, concentrated fruit, complemented by a pearly pinpoint mousse and concluding with an intensely sapid finish. Long and penetrating, this is a tightly coiled R. D. that will reward bottle age. 2021-2037
97 points William Kelley, Wine Advocate

 

The fruit of an early harvest, beginning on September 1st, Bollinger's superb 2007 R. D. is an unusually delicate, fine-boned rendition of this habitually muscular cuvée. An additional seven years on the lees has brought additional textural and amplitude to the acid spine that was already evident in the 2007 Grande Année, and the slight loss of pressure during aging on cork makes for a more refined, pearly mousse that complements the wine's enhanced texture and amplified sapid nuance. Fermented in used oak cooperage, with tirage under natural cork and disgorgement without added sulfur dioxide (but now with jetting to ensure consistency), it's one of the few tête de cuvée bottlings still made very much as it was 40 years ago. While I don't tend to comment on packaging, Bollinger's decision to revive the tasteful aluminum label that graced this cuvée's debut 1952 rendition, when the redoubtable Madame Lilly Bollinger still presided over this house, does underscore what is a real and not merely superficial commitment to artisanal traditions.
William Kelley, Wine Advocate

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