Bollinger R.D., 2004

Bollinger R.D., 2004

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Tasting Notes

Critics Score: 97

Publication: Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate

Drinking Dates: 2018-2034

Fermented in oak barrels and aged under natural corks for almost 13 years, Bollinger's 2004 R. D. Extra Brut blends 66% Pinot Noir with 34% Chardonnay from 16 crus, 88% of which are classified as Grand Cru. The wine opens with a very clear, deep, rich and aromatic but also pure and mineral-fresh nose of crushed rocks, cherries, brioche, pain aux raisin, white nougat, chalk and ripe, yellow-fleshed fruits. Highly elegant and complex on the weightless yet persistent and salty palate, this is an intense, densely woven, firmly structured yet elegant, beautifully refined and refreshing "recent disgorgement" (February 2018) that reveals just a kiss of oxidative flavors that adds even more complexity. A great Champagne on its way to improve over many years in the bottle. Tasted June 2018.

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Bollinger R.D., 2004

R.D. stands for Récemment Dégorgé (Recently Disgorged). The 2004 has been aged for over 13 years on its lees before being released.


Bollinger R.D. has only been made in 25 vintages since the debut 1952 and it remains one of the scarcist of grand marque prestige cuveés.

The blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay is sourced from 16 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 just 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 recently was still incredibly vigorous and vibrant.