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1996 Bollinger - RD (Extra Brut) 750ml
1996 Bollinger - RD (Extra Brut)
France - Champagne
White / Champagne Blend
1996 Bollinger - RD (Extra Brut)
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 129

($200; disgorged March 15, 2006) Light gold. Dramatic aromas of ripe peach, pear, mango, musky yellow plum, fig, buttery brioche, toasted nuts and baking spices. Rich, deep and expansive on the palate, with powerful, deeply concentrated flavors of yellow peach, tropical fruit, toasted nuts, sweet butter, toffee and marzipan utterly filling the mouth. An endless parade of toasty, decadent fresh and dried fruits defines the finish, with a gentle but insistent mineral undertone providing focus, freshness and lift. This is a must buy for Bollinger fans. (Paterno Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL)

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JR
18.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Disgorged 15 Oct 2007. An 'incredible, exceptional year'. Summer was very very hot and then rain came at the end of August. Cool September nights. 16 Sep start to harvest in very good conditions. Exceptional indian summer. Very high sugar and acid. 70% Pinot Noir. 16 villages. 75% Grands Crus.12,000 kg yield, 10% potential alcohol, initial acidity 10 g/l, 2.92 pH, final total acidity 6g/l.Quite deep gold. Much more developed (and even slightly oxidative) than 1997 on the nose. Strong scent of baked buttered apples. Still quite firm and dense and savoury on the palate. Dry finish. Long. Very complex and open on the nose but still very tense on the palate. Obviously this wine has a long way to go but the nose of this particular bottle was more evolved than I would have expected from the palate. A wonderful wine.

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RJ
93

Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin

Such a rich, fruity wine that the RD-character does not yet have any real bite. Thus almost impossible to distinguish from the ordinary vintage. Apple influence, exotic and extremely delightful, but somewhat "un-Bollish" so far. Store for a long time.

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Community Reviews

96

RickF Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 10/07/2011

93

tiberite Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 01/01/2011 Site Blog: mac_h

MikeA Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/01/2009

Still a huge wine that needs time. The pinot power comes through as the clearly dominant one. Fun to taste but not at all ready. Wait

Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 09/18/2008

young, rich, and VERY pinotesque. delicious but not quite ready

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