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Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Spectator
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Vintage Sparkling Wine
Item no. 8501
To be completely different requires remaining true to oneself and ones traditions… It is in this spirit that Bollinger has developed a unique champagne: "R.D." or "Recently Disgorged".
The blend is the same as that of "Grande Année" and the R.D. uniqueness lies in its much longer ageing on the lees and - as its name implies - in its recent disgorging.
First created in the early 1960's, R.D. is the outcome of research developed by the House of Bollinger on the ageing of champagne on its lees. Not only does the wine retain its freshness but, through the extra contact with the lees, develops more complexity and subtlety.
Remaining for a minimum of eight years on its lees, the R.D. acquires a greater aromatic complexity and length. On the other hand, the recent disgorging - the date of disgorging is inscribed on the back label - gives the wine an exceptional freshness.