1996 Bollinger - RD (Extra Brut) 750ml

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WA 96   IWC 95   WS 94   RJ 93   JR 18.5   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 1996 R.D. from Bollinger is another superb wine from this vintage. An expressive bouquet of spices, acacia blossoms and perfumed fruit emerges from the wine's silky-textured frame. This generous R.D. is drinking well today, but also has enough freshness to age well for years. It is a great version of one of Champagne's legendary wines.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 0309

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

($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)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 129

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

A powerhouse. Big and sophisticated, combining lemon and grapefruit notes with candied fruits, roasted nuts and coffee. Fresh, dry and finely detailed, with finesse and a lingering finish driven by acidity. 750 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2006-2020
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Richard Juhlin | Rating: 93

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.

Author: Richard Juhlin

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/18/2008
young, rich, and VERY pinotesque. delicious but not quite ready

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Author: 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

Rating: 96
Author: RickF
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/07/2011

Rating: 93
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/01/2011
Site Blog: mac_h

Average rating: 94, based on 9 reviews
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1169 bottles owned by 258 collectors.

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About This Producer

Bollinger is considered one the top Champagne houses. Originally founded in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin, it has been the purveyor to the British Court since 1884, as well as several other European kingdoms. Bollinger has a classic, full-bodied style that reflects its Pinot-dominated cuv�es. This house is known for its muscular champagnes and R.D. cuv�es, which are kept for approximately ten years on their yeast lees.

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Wine Varietal: Champagne Blend

Three major varieties are used in a Champagne Blend: Chardonnay, which provides a smooth, creamy texture and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which provide depth and backbone. Most Champagne is non-vintage (NV), produced with grapes from several different vintages. Vintage Champagnes are made in exceptional years and must contain 80% grapes from that year. Champagne, France is the only region permitted to put "Champagne" on the label.

Blanc de Blancs: Meaning "white of white," blanc de blancs Champagne is 100% Chardonnay.

Blanc de Noirs: Meaning "white of red," is 100% Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend.

Rose Champagne: A small amount of still red wine is added during the blending process, creating a rose hue.

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