The most remarkable thing about the 2002 Extra Brut R.D. is how tense and structured it is. Despite having been disgorged over two years ago, the 2002 is very much tightly wound. After several hours, the power and resonance of the vintage start to come through, along with the natural richness of Pinot from Aÿ. Whereas most 2002 Champagnes are quite ripe in profile, the 2002 R.D. has plenty of depth, but it is depth through concentration as opposed to elevated ripeness. The low dosage style further adds to that sensation. Hints of chamomile, sage, dried flower and red fruits emerge over time, but only with reluctance. I would prefer to cellar the 2002 for at least a few years. If that is not possible, readers should open the wine at least a few hours in advance. Even so, the 2002's best drinking lies somewhere in the future. My sense is that the 2002 will be at its best between the ages of 20 and 30. 95 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous December 2017.
A racehorse of a Champagne, showing ample power in a sleek, harmonious package. This is structured by firm, steely acidity, seamlessly woven with concentrated layers of roast almond, crushed black raspberry, candied kumquat and ginger, fleur de sel and pastry flavors. Mouthwatering, with a lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged October 22, 2013. Drink now through 2030. 96 Points Wine Spectator, December 2014.Suggested Retail $375
Blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. 23 Crus: 71% Grands crus, 29% Premiers crus.
Golden with subtle highlights. Aromas of ripe fruit, but also a discreet note of honey. These are followed by roasted notes and cocoa, which give way to flavors of star anise and nutmeg. Full-bodied and rich. Powerful, but well-balanced, with persistent flavor, lingering finish with touches of lemon revealing a pleasing minerality. House of Bollinger Notes
Bollinger 2002 R.D. Extra Brut Champagne
- Brand: Bollinger
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- SKU #: 1679