Bollinger R.D. 2007
The 2007 is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, and is vinified entirely in older 228-liter oak barrels and 400-liter casks. The wine remains in barrel for 6 months, undergoing both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, a point of distinction from the few remaining producers who continue to ferment in barrel. The wine is then bottled under cork (not crown capsules) to undergo its secondary fermentation. As a result, every bottle has to be hand-riddled and hand-disgorged. After 14 years on the lees, the wine is given a dosage of only 3 grams per liter, making it Extra Brut.
R.D., or Recenty Disgorged, is a Bollinger hallmark. This wine has stayed on its lees for many years before release, giving it intensity, maturity and great depth. The wine is powerful, concentrated and elegant. Drink now.--Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
What an amazing nose this has, like the smell of a rock pool on a rocky coast, but with so many candied-fruit, spicy and mushroom notes behind that. That fruit is way more expressive on the powerful and structured palate with lime freshness and chalky minerality at the super-long, bone-dry finish. Disgorged 28th May, 2021.
Bollinger’s 2007 R.D. is superb. Lemon confit, dried flowers, sage, mint, crushed rocks, almond and ginger are some of the aromas and flavors that give the 2007 its complex, multi-faceted personality. Bollinger fans will notice the return of the original label, with the disgorgement date clearly visible, a tribute to Madame Bollinger, who was a pioneer in so many ways." Antonio Galloni
Disgorged on July 10, 2020, with three grams per liter dosage, Bollinger's eagerly awaited 2007 Extra-Brut 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.