Madame Bollinger created the first vintage of this now legendary Cuvée de Prestige, Bollinger R.D., in 1961 together with the launch of R.D. 1952, where R.D. is an acronym for "Récemment Dégorgé" (recently disgorged). Bollinger R.D. is the result of Madame Bollinger's great vision: an evolved Champagne, with aromas enhanced by its exceptional and long maturation on its own yeasts, for over 12 years.
Only twenty vintages have been released since then, and here is the twenty-first: Bollinger R.D. 2007, made exclusively from the first pressing (tête de cuvée) of 14 crus, 91% of which are Grand Crus and 9% Premier Crus.
Bottled with cork even for the second fermentation (to improve ageing), the wine is manually remuaged and disgorged. Since Bollinger R.D. is to all intents and purposes La Grande Année with much longer ageing, developing new levels of complexity, the blend is therefore no secret: 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, with a final dosage from 3 to 4 grams of sugar per litre, making it an Extra Brut.
With the 2007 vintage, the label is reinstated in aluminium alloy as for the legendary 1952 vintage, the first of the Bollinger R.D. and the first label in the Champagne region to bear the date of disgorgement.
Bollinger R.D. 2007 introduces itself to the eye with intense golden reflections. The nose is complex and opens with aromas of honey and brioche, followed by a range of spices (ginger, cumin and others), before evolving into notes of mirabelle plum, dried apricot and fresh hazelnut. The palate has a lively, clean opening revealing notes of white plum, walnut and aniseed. An Extra Brut Champagne of great freshness with incredible tension.
In 1829 Jacques Bollinger, together with Athanase de Villermont, founded in Aÿ the Maison under his name. Thanks to the priviledge position of the vineyards and a deep quality moral, the Bollinger Maison has acquired a solid reputation at international level, thanks to the style and wine quality for its Champagnes. Today the family still runs the Maison Bollinger in order to maintain a high production level. In 1992 the family wrote down its Ethic & Quality Principles, lying down all methods followed by the family to produce Champagne. The vineyards of the Maison Bollinger extend over a surface of 160 hectares within the territory of Grands Crus and Premier Crus champenoise, covering up to 70% of the grape need, witha stable quality over time. The remaining 30% comes from selected grapes from other wine-growers in the Grand and Premier Cru territories as well. The Maison Bollinger only uses wines coming from the first pressing, carefully controlling the following steps. Bollinger style is based on Pinot Noir, especially from Aÿ, Bouzy and Verzenay. The typical features of these villages grant the wines richness, vinousity and roundness. Grand Crus and Premier Crus are part of the assemblage of Grande Année and for 80% in Special Cuvée, giving Bollinger wines their structure and complexity. The vins de réserve rest in corked Magnum bottles under a light froth, cru by cru, vine by vine, year by year. This unique methos in Champagne allows the Maison Bollinger to store its wines for a long time, also keeping their original freshness and character. The Maison Bollinger owns a real winehouse and this helps in the creation of Special Cuvée, obtained after a careful selection of cru, vine and year.
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