12% | FRANCE

Hailed as the best vintage since 1928, 1996 is ideally suited to the powerfully expressive style of RD. An attractive toasty nose, with notes of roasted nuts and summer fruit...
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Hailed as the best vintage since 1928, 1996 is ideally suited to the powerfully expressive style of RD. An attractive toasty nose, with notes of roasted nuts and summer fruit leads on to an explosion of flavour on the palate with the savoury and the sweet harmoniously harnessed followed by a majestic finish.This is an exceptional RD, powerful enough to match a variety of dishes and, needless to say, superb on its own. The ultimate expression from the ultimate Champagne House!

Madame Bollinger created the first vintage of this now legendary prestige cuvée in 1961 with the launch of R.D. 1952. An acronym for Recently Disgorged, Bollinger R.D. is the result of Madame Bollinger's great vision: an expert wine with aromas enhanced by its exceptionally long maturation in the Bollinger family cellars - more than three times longer than required. Bollinger R.D. is also James Bond's favourite champagne.

The 1996 season was full of contrasts with an unpredictable summer, but remains famous as a high-sugar, high-acid champagne vintage. In the months before picking, the spells of hot weather and the influence of north-easterly winds contributed to the initial maturity of the grapes. Initially lauded as the best since 1990 (maybe better!), it is undergoing a slight re-appraisal at the moment, as with some of the white Burgundies. High acidity and a tendency to oxidise appear peculiar bed-fellows, but the phenomenon has been noted with one or two champagnes.

The 1996 harvest began with a dry and crisp winter with small amounts of frost and budding in mid-April. The peak of the harvest was very hot, especially during mid-August and September where conditions were ideal with hot days and cool nights to allow the grapes to fully develop. This vintage is one of the absolute best. A golden colour with a creamy palate and hints of apples and dried fruits. This is a bold champagne with complex flavours and incredible ageing potential. On the palate expressive initial dried fruits give way to a slightly more floral mid-palate. This outstanding vintage has really benefited from the extra ageing on the lees, bringing out its full-bodied nature.

"Vintage Champagne is a must for a truly special supper, and a bottle from top Champagne house Bollinger outght to impress. Bollinger's RD 1996 is only the twentieth vintage to be created since production first began. Made in a small quantity from one of the best vintages this century."
Kate Ennis, Food & Travel

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Country
France
Region
Champagne
Vintage
1996
ABV %
12%
Organic
No
Vegan
Unknown

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