BOLLINGER R.D. 2004 - 96pts RJ

Bollinger RD 2004
A unique expression of this generous and ripe vintage. 
 
Only the very best vintages are elevated to Bollinger R.D (Recently Disgorged) status.  RD is a concept devised by Madame Bollinger in the 1960s following pressure from merchants in the US for her namesake house to create a new top-end cuvee. The first RD vintage was 1952. 
 
The 2004 is a unique expression of this generous and ripe vintage and is a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay from 16 Grand and Premier cru sites. It has been aged for 12 years on lees in the heart of the Bollinger cellars in Aÿ.  We are delighted to offer you this new release.
 
"It's precisely like this Bollinger RD should taste from the beginning. Nobody can be disappointed here. Perhaps, 2004, is not one of the most heroic vintages but on the other hand one of the most classic. The very essence of the RD concept is to try to capture a wine's optimal maturity along with maximum freshness"
Richard Juhlin
 
We are delighted to offer you this new release.  Contact us to enquire or register your interest.
 

BOLLINGER R.D. 2004             £625 per case 6x75
"One of my most exciting wine experiences was when I first tasted 1975 Bollinger RD with my parents at their home. During yesterday's Sunday afternoon, I served them the latest edition of 2004 blindly. The 82-year-old's reaction did not allow for a wait. Mom immediately exclaimed "the same wonderful scent of chocolate and apricot like when we drank Bollinger RD in the 80's". So right she was. 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. Nobody can be disappointed here. Perhaps, 2004, is not one of the most heroic vintages but on the other hand one of the most classic. The very essence of the RD concept is to try to capture a wine's optimal maturity along with maximum freshness. Unfortunately, I do not think life expectancy is as good as in the La Grande Année version, but I may be wrong. The intensity of the mature layers of dark chocolate, tobacco, black truffles from Vaucluse and a melancholy hiking in the moist autumn forest is, at least, impressive. The mousse may struggle to reach the surface of the glycerol rich essence of wine. Nevertheless, it tingles of lust on the tongue when stringency, chalk and jingling pure acids dance over the finish line."
96pts Richard Juhlin

 

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Vintage Name Size Cs Bt GBP Price Per Actions scores
VIN BU JR DEC
2004 Bollinger RD, Bollinger Bottles 8 - £1,250 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -