Dear Wine Lover,
One of the most sought after collectors Champagnes recently released its new vintage, Bollinger RD 2004. Bollinger RD is only released in the finest years and Bollinger R.D. 2004 is just the 20th vintage to be released. This is seriously prestige champagne which has spent over 12 years ageing underground in the cool, dark chalk cellars of Champagne, and the results are spectacular as proven by the 96 points awarded by the biggest expert of Champagnes Richard Juhlin.
This unique expression of the generous and ripe 2004 vintage is a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay from 16 Grand and Premier cru sites. It has been aged for more than 13 years in the heart of the Bollinger cellars in Aÿ - more than four times longer than required by the appellation. This exceptional cuvée goes by the acronym of R.D. for "Récemment Dégorgé" (Recently Disgorged) - meaning that disgorgement has taken place less than one year before its release date. The wine offers freshness and extraordinary intensity due to its recent disgorgement, as well as the remarkable aromas of an old vintage which has been cellar-aged, nourished by contact with the lees.
The biggest expert when it comes to Champagne is Richard Juhlin who scored the RD 2004 with 96 points pointing out that it tingles of lust on the tongue when stringency, chalk and jingling pure acids dance over the finish line'. Seems quite interesting to meJ
The quantities here are extremly limited, first come first served:
75.0 cl Champagne Extra Brut R.D. - Bollinger - 2004 CHF 185.00 (CHF 199.25 Vat included)
For 12 bottles CHF 180.00 (CHF 193.85 Vat included)
For 36 bottles CHF 175.00 (CHF 188.50 Vat included)Richard Juhlin 96 points: 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.