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First taste: Champagne Bollinger RD 2007

Simon Field MW enjoys a preview of Bollinger RD 2007, the Champagne house's latest RD release, and explores the history and ageing potential of the cuvée characterised by extended lees ageing

The bronze bust of Lilly Bollinger looked on approvingly as we entered the inner sanctum of Maison Bollinger, albeit by Zoom, to experience the latest in the series of RD wines which she initiated in 1967, with the launch of the first vintage (1952).

Scroll down for Simon Field MW’s Bollinger RD 2007 tasting note and score

At the time, the concept was shocking and counter-intuitive, not least the mere six grams of sugar by way of dosage. The norm then was closer to 20g/L.

With this latest release, the 2007, it is 3g/L, putting the wine firmly in the Extra Brut camp.

This is the 26th release of RD, which is always a vintage of Grand Année that has been held back and given extended ageing on lees in the Bollinger cellar  – 14 years, compared to seven years for the Grand Année. The initials RD stand for ‘récemment dégorgé’, or ‘recently disgorged’.

See Simon Field MW’s Bollinger RD 2007 tasting note and score

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