Bollinger


Bollinger RD 2004 Magnum 1.5L|Vintage|2004

Winemaking

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented Barrel-maturation

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Foods

Foods


Toasty Toasted Brioche

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit


Red Cherry Plum

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices


Spice

Aÿ

Aÿ

What to expect


- Iconic cuvée well-known in James Bond

- Small quantities made, so rare and hard to find

- RD means Recently Disgorged and was created by Madame Lily Bollinger

Made of 66% pinot noir and 34% chardonnay, this combines the rich, leesy Bollinger character with the flowery, lilting fragrance typical of the vintage.

Its aromas of red cherry, fresh pear and green citrus are accented by hints of almond butter and toasted bread, turning increasingly more savoury as it moves back on the palate, and there's an insistent note of chalk that persists on the finish, lasting as long as the fruit flavors do.

Like many 2004's, this is already showing well, feeling harmonious and accessible. Peter Liem.

Why is RD so special?

It is the 25th vintage of RD, which is always a vintage of La Grande Année that has been held back and given extended ageing on its lees in the Bollinger cellars. Its famous initials stand for Recently Disgorged and was the concept and creation of Madame Lily Bollinger, who launched the very first 1952 vintage in 1967. The company closely guards the amount of RD it makes from any given vintage. But both the vintages are rare and quantities are small.

 

$1,099.99

Club Price $1,044.05 (?)

Winemaking

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented Barrel-maturation

Earth

Earth


Mineral

Foods

Foods


Toasty Toasted Brioche

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit


Red Cherry Plum

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices


Spice

What to expect


- Iconic cuvée well-known in James Bond

- Small quantities made, so rare and hard to find

- RD means Recently Disgorged and was created by Madame Lily Bollinger

Made of 66% pinot noir and 34% chardonnay, this combines the rich, leesy Bollinger character with the flowery, lilting fragrance typical of the vintage.

Its aromas of red cherry, fresh pear and green citrus are accented by hints of almond butter and toasted bread, turning increasingly more savoury as it moves back on the palate, and there's an insistent note of chalk that persists on the finish, lasting as long as the fruit flavors do.

Like many 2004's, this is already showing well, feeling harmonious and accessible. Peter Liem.

Why is RD so special?

It is the 25th vintage of RD, which is always a vintage of La Grande Année that has been held back and given extended ageing on its lees in the Bollinger cellars. Its famous initials stand for Recently Disgorged and was the concept and creation of Madame Lily Bollinger, who launched the very first 1952 vintage in 1967. The company closely guards the amount of RD it makes from any given vintage. But both the vintages are rare and quantities are small.

 

About the house

About the house


Journalist Review

Bollinger remain quite possibly one of the most famous family-owned champagne houses of all. Bollinger are well known for their dominance of the powerful and expressive pinot noir from Aÿ where they were founded, their use of magnums for production of all their wines and a traditional wine making style incorporating fermentation in oak barrels which they have never deviated from. They still have their own in-house cooper who makes and manages their stock of some 3,500 barrels! That equates to about 1 million bottles being fermented in barrel, being the largest (along with Krug) than any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best vineyard sites across champagne.

Journalist Review


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+ pointsRichard Hemming MW - jancisrobinson.com