Premiere – 2008 Bollinger ‘R.D.’      

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Richard Juhlin

So it was finally time for a new vintage of Bollinger R.D. One January morning during Saint Vincent, Richard Juhlin and Björnstierne were invited into Bollinger’s most sacred tasting room for a prerelease of 2008 R.D. together with Chef de Cave Denis Bunner. Read the full story.

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R.D. according to Bollinger

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.Today, Bollinger R.D. 2008 is lively and exceptionally complex, taking us on a journey outside time. Hazelnuts, with all their freshness and generosity, are the perfect ingredient to echo a wine of such splendour.

The 2008 vintage is characterised by its remarkable precision and opulence

The assembly of this 2008 vintage is composed of 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay. 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. The fermentation is entirely in oak barrels. Bollinger R.D. is sold just a few months after being disgorged, with a very low dosage known as “extra brut”, at just 3 grams per litre. The recent disgorgement guarantees the remarkable freshness of the wine.

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