Bollinger

R.D. Extra Brut Champagne Blend

9.683 ratings
9.638 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Squash & Root Vegetables, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cake & Cream, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Salads & Greens, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Nuts & Seeds, Fruit & Berries, Beans & Peas, Exotic Spices, Turkey, Pungent Cheese, Shellfish, Oyster
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Wedding Anniversary Special. A rich lemon in colour with the finest bead I have ever seen. Evidence of Autolysis - not surprising since it had 10 years on Lees. Lemon Sherbet, Apple cider, very minerally - Hemming said flinty. This champagne was disgorged in December 2006 according to the label. There have been 2 later disgorgements: May 2012 and November 2017. Tyson Stelzer gave 💯 points to the latter. He found the earlier date was spoilt by a touch of cork wood flavour. This fault was also noticeable in this champagne sadly. A minor blemish on a wonderfully complex champagne.

Wedding Anniversary Special. A rich lemon in colour with the finest bead I have ever seen. Evidence of Autolysis - not surprising since it had 10 years on Lees. Lemon Sherbet, Apple cider, very minerally - Hemming said flinty. This champagne was disgorged in December 2006 according to the label. There have been 2 later disgorgements: May 2012 and November 2017. Tyson Stelzer gave 💯 points to the latter. He found the earlier date was spoilt by a touch of cork wood flavour. This fault was also noticeable in this champagne sadly. A minor blemish on a wonderfully complex champagne.

Mar 3rd, 2020
Greg Koslosky

Magnum

Magnum

Jul 27th, 2019
Charlie Evans

This was part of one of the more incredible things I’ve been apart of doing my job. A Bollinger R.D. Master Class with the chef de cave of the winery. Strictly Bolly R.D. designed to show the intricacies of champagne. Two ‘96 vintages, one disgorged 6 months prior, another disgorged 6 years prior. 3 different 2002 vintage R.D.’s with 3 different dosages, 2 of which were made specially for this class. One zero dosage, one at 3 g/l, and another at 8 g/l. 2004 vintage poured 15 mins apart to showcase how the wine shows differently when exposed to just a bit of air. Finally another 2004 bottled in magnum to show how the bottle size can affect the wine. A truly eye opening experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Just stellar.

This was part of one of the more incredible things I’ve been apart of doing my job. A Bollinger R.D. Master Class with the chef de cave of the winery. Strictly Bolly R.D. designed to show the intricacies of champagne. Two ‘96 vintages, one disgorged 6 months prior, another disgorged 6 years prior. 3 different 2002 vintage R.D.’s with 3 different dosages, 2 of which were made specially for this class. One zero dosage, one at 3 g/l, and another at 8 g/l. 2004 vintage poured 15 mins apart to showcase how the wine shows differently when exposed to just a bit of air. Finally another 2004 bottled in magnum to show how the bottle size can affect the wine. A truly eye opening experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Just stellar.

Nov 13th, 2018
Max Coane

Sickkkkkk. Luxury

Sickkkkkk. Luxury

2 people found it helpfulNov 9th, 2014
Edward Zimmerman

2nd time I've had this and it is wonderful and consistent. Rich and complex. I won't divulge where I uncovered these underpriced bottles!

2nd time I've had this and it is wonderful and consistent. Rich and complex. I won't divulge where I uncovered these underpriced bottles!

1 person found it helpfulDec 31st, 2013
Jeremy Noye

CEO Morrell & Company

9.6

Great bottle. Precision and intense acidity. Long finish. Not as rich and brioche as previous bottles.

Great bottle. Precision and intense acidity. Long finish. Not as rich and brioche as previous bottles.

Jul 10th, 2017
Nick Apone

1996 vintage.

1996 vintage.

Sep 28th, 2016
Greg Koslosky

Magnum

Magnum

Apr 24th, 2016
Diane Dixon

Co-Founder Keep Collection, #Sommchat

9.3

This #champagne consistently brings pleasure and the '96 still has much life #sommchat

This #champagne consistently brings pleasure and the '96 still has much life #sommchat

May 22nd, 2015
David Speer

Serious and compelling. Fantastic acid. Still young. I would like to see how it evolves over a few hours.

Serious and compelling. Fantastic acid. Still young. I would like to see how it evolves over a few hours.

Mar 12th, 2015