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BOLLINGER 02 XBT R.D.
Item: #352681
Bottle Size: 750ml
WA: 94
$319.98
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BOLLINGER 02 EXTRA BRUT R.D.

JAMES SUCKLING.COM - 99 POINTS
"Super fresh, this is striking given the 10 years in the cellars; it has a fine citrus nose – plenty of lemon, grapefruit, yellow chalky notes, some lighter floral elements too. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g) and there’s a silky, sherbet-like texture, smooth, fine and long. The citrus flavours give way to the driving surging acidity, thunderous acidity, really driving and powerful. The finish twists very slowly through to light-toasted cashew fruit flavours, but lemon citrus prevails. This is thrilling Champagne. Disgorged 22nd October, 2013. Drink from 2016."

WINERY NOTES -The launch of the 2002 vintage marks 50 years of Bollinger R.D., Madame Bollinger’s great idea which she turned into reality with the 1952 vintage.

60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay drawn from 23 crus: 71% Grands Crus and 29% Premier Crus. More than a decade of cellar maturation on the yeast.

JANCIS ROBINSON - 19 POINTS (19 out of 20)
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. 23 crus of which 71% are Grands Crus and the rest Premiers Crus. Dosage under 4 g/l. Very firm, savoury nose with Bollinger's trademark fungi. Very powerfully so but with excellent acidity and lift on the palate. This is touted as a 50th anniversary offering because the first RD (Recently Disgorged) vintage released on the UK market was the 1952, in 1967 (so it was three years older than this 2002). It was launched at the same time as the 1953 on the French and Swiss markets and the 1955 on the American and Italian markets. A nod to British taste for seriously mature champagne? This wine should not be served too cool. It has real weight - though does not taste heavy. I loved it on first release as Grande Annee and it is less austere now. A bit mellower and more open though still with the deep throat salve sensation on the finish.
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