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First Taste: Champagne Bollinger RD 2007

March 10, 2021

Decanter shared details from a preview tasting of Bollinger R.D. 2007 with readers, timed to the March 8, 2021, global release. Writer Simon Field explains the new release of this prestige cuvée honors the late Lily Bollinger, who had the pioneering vision to launch R.D. in 1967 with the 1952 vintage.

He explains, “This is the 26th release of RD, which is always a vintage of Grand Année that has been held back and given extended ageing on lees in the Bollinger cellar  – 14 years, compared to seven years for the Grand Année. The initials RD stand for ‘récemment dégorgé’, or ‘recently disgorged’.” Continuing, “the raison d’être behind RD chimes perfectly with the Bollinger house philosophy, namely the creation of a supremely elegant yet magisterially powerful wine, a wine able to rise to the challenge of extended lees ageing.”

Field notes, “the 2007 RD is made up of 70% Pinot Noir, dominated by fruit from Verzenay (usually Aÿ takes the lead), and 30% Chardonnay, sourced mainly from Cramant. In youth the style plays on poise and tension, the sheer power latent yet never far away. The fruit is sourced from 14 key vineyards (sometimes this number goes up to 25), 91% of which are grand cru.” Read the full story enclosed below:


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