Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 2002
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R.D. (Recently Disgorged) is the result of a great vision of Madame Bollinger. R.D. is a magnification of the very best that the Champagne region's terroir has to offer. R.D. starts as a Grande Année, the prestige cuvée of Bollinger and is allowed to mature for an extra 8 to 20 years, sometimes more. The 2002 Bollinger R.D. displays golden hue with subtle highlights. Aromas of stewed ripe fruit, particularly quince, but also a discreet note of honey. These are followed by roasted notes of cocoa, which give way to flavours of star anise and nutmeg. Full bodied attack. Powerful but well-balanced, with persistent flavour. Mineral finish with touches of lemon revealing a pleasing bitterness.
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
99 Points James Suckling - Super fresh, this is striking given the 10 years in the cellars; it has a fine citrus nose - plenty of lemon, grapefruit, yellow chalky notes, some lighter floral elements too. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g) and there's a silky, sherbet-like texture, smooth, fine and long. The citrus flavours give way to the driving surging acidity, thunderous acidity, really driving and powerful. The finish twists very slowly through to light-toasted cashew fruit flavours, but lemon citrus prevails. This is a thrilling Champagne. Disgorged 22nd October, 2013. Drink from 2016.