I am delighted to offer this much anticipated release of Bollinger RD 2008, one of the exceptional vintages of the last 20 years, and this release is one of the last 2008s that will come to market. The RD, or ‘recently disgorged’, cuvée is Bollinger's impressive prestige release and should not be missed by lovers of the very best Champagnes.
Order by midday on 21st March, 2023 for UK delivery in spring 2023
True to the Bollinger’s house style, this is dominated by pinot noir (71%) with 29% chardonnay. The grapes are carefully selected from 18 specific crus known for their inherent quality. The first fermentation is completed in barrel to further add to the complexity of the final wine. Secondary fermentation happens in the wonderful caves under the village of Aÿ, where there follows an extremely long ageing on lees. For the 2008 vintage it is the first time that this has been done in a uniquely designed bottle to mimic the lees contact seen in a magnum, before being disgorged in the winter of 2022 ready for sale this spring.
And what a delight it is. Layers of hazelnut, pastry and citrus peel on the nose open up on the palate supported by the fine bead of bubbles and refreshing extra brut style. A long, complex toasted almond and honeyed apricot finish is persistent, highlighting the quality of this wine. Released ready to drink this outstanding fine wine is delicious, rich yet elegant and absolutely singing now, though, true to the calibre of this vintage, it will age well over another 10 years.
Finally, though we have secured a good allocation I suspect this will sell out quickly, so please act quickly if you wish to experience this wonderful Champagne.
Sarah Knowles MW
Buyer for Champagne