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The 2008 vintage is highly regarded in the Champagne region due to its balanced weather conditions, resulting in an excellent harvest. Bollinger RD [Récemment Dégorgé] 2008 is made predominantly from Pinot Noir [about 60%] and Chardonnay, sourced from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. On the nose, expect aromas of baked apples, toasted brioche, citrus fruit and a touch of minerality. On the palate, it offers notes toasted almonds and hints of spice, followed by a long, lingering finish.
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|When to Drink||Now until 2035|
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
|Volume||75cl (Full Bottle)|
In the mid-1960s, while most Champagne Houses were developing unusually shaped bottles, Bollinger decided to concentrate on its signature taste. Although old vintages were not fashionable in 1967, Madame Bollinger was bold as ever. True to her pioneering spirit, she had the daring idea of marketing the 1952 vintage that had recently been disgorged and dosed as an Extra Brut. This was the vision she championed: the absolute prestige of Bollinger lay in the wine itself, not in its vessel.
In doing so, Madame Bollinger created a completely original tasting experience: the aromatic intensity of the finest vintages, contrasted with a wonderful freshness on the palate. This freshness is due to the natural acidity of the grapes during harvest, and is underscored by the Extra Brut dosage. It was a revolution that would have a lasting impact on the Bollinger style, as well as the world of champagne as a whole. This vintage bore the name of the cuvée for the very first time. It would be known as Bollinger R.D. and its label was the first ever to specify a disgorgement date. Bollinger R.D. 2007 now once again sports all the codes of this legendary label: material, font and date of disgorging. Authenticity through the years.
"When I was tasting Bollinger's brilliant Grande Année in this vintage, I was trying to imagine how good the 2008 Extra-Brut R. D. would be, as the style of the vintage seems almost perfectly adapted to this cuvée. Four years later, we have the answer, and the wine is brilliant. Disgorged in 2022, it's more reserved out of the gates than the dramatic Grande Année was on release, unwinding in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, orange peel, freshly baked bread, subtle hints of fino sherry, wet stones and macadamia nut. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with a deep core of fruit that's animated by racy acids and a refined pinpoint mousse, concluding with a bone-dry finish. Extremely harmonious and full of youthful energy, it's the finest R. D. of the decade and one that will richly reward a bit of additional age on cork. In style, the most obvious comparison is with the 1996, but the 2008 is more integrated and harmonious on release. These bottles were disgorged late last year with three grams per liter dosage." William Kelley, Wine Advocate (March 2023) Score: 98+
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