Bollinger RD 2007 Champagne

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Bollinger RD 2007 Vintage Champagne, the Wine Advocate rating 97 points

Bollinger RD 2007 vintage Champagne,
It would be known as Bollinger R.D. and its label was the first ever to specify a disgorgement date. Bollinger R.D. 2007 Champagne now once again sports all the codes of this legendary label: material, font and date of disgorging. Authenticity through the years.

Wine Advocate rating 97 points, tasting notes

The fruit of an early harvest, beginning on September 1st, Bollinger's superb 2007 R. D Champagne. is an unusually delicate, fine-boned rendition of this habitually muscular cuvee. An additional seven years on the lees has brought additional textural and amplitude to the acid spine that was already evident in the 2007 Grande Année, and the slight loss of pressure during aging on cork makes for a more refined, pearly mousse that complements the wine's enhanced texture and amplified sapid nuance. Fermented in used oak cooperage, with tirage under natural cork and disgorgement without added sulfur dioxide (but now with jetting to ensure consistency), it's one of the few tête de cuvée bottlings still made very much as it was 40 years ago. While I don't tend to comment on packaging, Bollinger's decision to revive the tasteful aluminum label that graced this cuvee's debut 1952 rendition, when the redoubtable Madame Lilly Bollinger still presided over this house, does underscore what is a real and not merely superficial commitment to artisanal traditions.

Bollinger 2007 Champagne R. D. is beautiful, unwinding in the glass with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, citrus pith and white flowers mingled with hints of honey, orange oil, buttery pastry, English walnuts and delicately spicy bass notes. Full-bodied, vibrant and incisive, it's unusually elegant and structurally fine-boned for what is routinely one of Champagne's more muscular tête de cuvées, with a bright spine of acidity that's cloaked in vibrant, concentrated fruit, complemented by a pearly pinpoint mousse and concluding with an intensely sapid finish. Long and penetrating, this is a tightly coiled R. D. that will reward bottle age.

Blend of the 2007 vintage Champagne
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.
14 crus: 91% Grands crus and 9% Premiers crus.
Exclusive use of the cuvée. Fermentation entirely in oak barrels.
Only the very best vintages are elevated to the level of Bollinger R.D.: the 2007 vintage is characterised by remarkable precision and energy.

Maturation
A very long maturation, more than four times longer than required by the appellation, for an infinite array of flavours: a true wine alchemy.
Maturation carried out under natural cork.

Recent disgorgement
Bollinger R.D.2007 is released only a few months after it is disgorged.
This recent disgorgement guarantees the remarkable freshness of the wine.

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