We often hear that the House of Bollinger incarnates a style. Most certainly, Bollinger proposes to great wine-lovers something different and unique in Champagne. This specific style is bound to a family history that, for generations, chose to stay close to its land while ensuring it developed its international reputation. In times of the merging of businesses, the House of Bollinger remains faithful to this tradition. It is one of the last family and independent houses of the Champagne trade and it intends to continue that way. Heirs of the style, the members of the present management clearly asserted their wish to ensure the continuity of the Bollinger style in a charter of ethics and quality.
To be completely different requires remaining true to oneself and ones traditions… It is in this spirit that Bollinger has developed a unique champagne: “R.D.” or “Recently Disgorged”. The blend is the same as that of “Grande Année” and the R.D. uniqueness lies in its much longer ageing on the lees and – as its name implies – in its recent disgorging. 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.