Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 2008
An old vintage, with a very low dosage, that has been disgorged just prior to release: R.D. is a wine that has always been ahead of its time and embodies Madame Bollinger’s visionary spirit. The combination of the long wait during the ageing process and the immediacy of disgorgement enables the harmonious contrast between the different temporalities of R.D.
2008 was a year of unsettled weather: although cool spring temperatures lasted well into summer, the sun returned in time for harvest. Despite the changeable conditions, Maison Bollinger’s knowledge and expertise meant that they were able to keep their grapes in excellent condition, making 2008 an exceptional year marked by a bountiful yield of Pinot Noir. The wines were richly aromatic: the chardonnays were lively and powerful, and the pinot noirs were characterful and balanced.
On the eye: A wine glimmering with golden reflections.
On the nose: Enticing aromas of marzipan, stewed apricots, honey and breadcrumbs accompany fresh notes of bergamot.
On the palate: A rich, precise mousse. Citrus notes are followed by flavors of Mirabelle plums and vine peaches. A very vivaciours wine which unfolds to reveal exceptional complexity. Notes of fresh hazelnuts and salinity combine to create an intense, everlasting finish.
In order to showcase its unique style, we recommend serving Bollinger R.D. at a temperature of 8°C, then to appreciate the evolution of its aromas over the course of the tasting. There are two different experiences possible. The first entails a discovery of Bollinger R.D. during the same year of its disgorgement. In this case, the wine expresses a specific aromatic range, with complex fruity notes. The alternative experience involves leaving Bollinger R.D. for several more years to mature in the cellar, which then reveals the depth of aromas characteristic of the finest vintages.
Varietals: 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay.
Appellation: A total of 18 crus can be find in the blending, mostly Aÿ and Verzenay for Pinot Noir and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Cramant for Chardonnay.
Aging: A very long maturation, more than four times longer than required by the appellation, for an infinite array of flavors: a true wine alchemy. Maturation carried out under natural cork.