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Bollinger R.D. 2007 Extra Brut Champagne


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An expertise wine for eternity, R.D 2004 is a legendary champagne for its vintage.

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The Bollinger RD vintage 2004 (which means recently disgorged) is a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay, from several plots meticulously selected, of which 88% are classified Grands Crus and 12% Premiers Crus.

Only the best vintage years are selected by the House to benefit from an extended ageing process in the House’s chalky cellars.

The colour is a very sustained aged gold.

To the nose, this vintage offers ripe fruit aromas, that evolve on gourmet touches of honey, brioche pastries, and cocoa.

To the palate, the attack is wide and well-built with a lingering finish. Great vinosity combined with freshness.

The finish is marked by a lemon note with great bitterness.

To be served around 12°C.

Ideal as an aperitif and with white meats like Bresse chicken or orlov veal. Perfect with patties or baked bass or wild salmon from Scotland.

Great potential of ageing, bottle laid flat in a cool cellar and away from  noise and light.

Size : 750ml
Alcohol Degree : 12°
Appellation : Champagne
Vintage : 2007
Quality : Extra Brut

The origin of the Bollinger House is Athanase de Villermont (born in Cuis in 1763 and died in Aÿ in 1840), a marine officer in the French army, who excelled during the US independence war, most notably during the Chesapeake battle on the 29th of April 1781.

A few years later, he inherited a vast family estate around the town of Aÿ, a territory well-known for the wines of Aÿ, that would later be named “Champagne”. His origins didn’t allow him to devote himself to trade, so he had the great idea to create in February of 1829 a House of Champagne wines, in the form of a company. The House is named Renaudin-Bollinger and Co: Joseph Bollinger would take care of trade while Paul Renaudin would be cellar master.

Joseph Bollinger married Louise-Charlotte in 1837, daughter to Athanase de Villermont. Joseph was born to this married couple, followed by Georges. Both faced with courage and success the Phylloxera crisis in 1875 and 1895 and the Great war. Jacques Bollinger, son of Georges, became head of the House in 1920, and married Elizabeth Law de Lauriston-Boubers in 1923, who became a widow during the second World War but kept managing the Bollinger House on her own.

The Bollinger generation carried on and in 1994, the House is managed by Joseph Bollinger’s great grandson.

While the family still owns it, the House is currently managed for the first time in its history by a stranger, Jérôme Philippon, a talented manager with a great career path.

The Bollinger House, which has been for almost two centuries constantly in search for excellence, is one of the last few houses to still have a cooper. He cares every day for 3.500 barrels, among which some are more than a 100 years old. An expertise that the House aims to sustain.

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