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1995 Bollinger ‘R.D’

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Champagne Bollinger, founded in 1829, is one of Champagne’s few remaining family-owned Grande Marque houses. Located in Ay, in the heart of the Côte des Noirs, it is renowned for the high percentage of Pinot Noir it uses and for the extra aging on the lees that its Champagnes receive.

Tasting Notes

95 points Wine Spectator
 A dry, oxidative style, with whole-grain bread, ginger, roasted hazelnut and yeast notes lending complexity. Its structure comes into relief due to the dryness, but overall this is balanced and well-integrated, with a very long finish and an expansive aftertaste. Ideal with seafood and rich sauces or game birds.

93 Points John Gilman
Tasting the 1995 Bollinger R. D. alongside the 2004 Grande Année and it is very easy to see that these are very similar wines that are only removed by nine years of bottle age. The complex and very classy bouquet on the ’95 R. D. offers up a toasty blend of apple, peach, honeycomb, brioche, a complex base of soil and a touch of orange peel in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and absolutely à point, with crisp acids, lovely mid-palate intensity, elegant mousse and superb length and grip on the focused and very poised finish. Lovely juice for drinking over the next fifteen to twenty years.

1995 Bollinger ‘R.D’