Grape variety:   65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay

Origin:   Grands and Premiers Crus from  La Montagne de Reims and La Côte des Blancs

Time is the secret ingredient of great wine, enhancing viticultural and winemaking expertise, adding complexity and creating longevity.

Madame Bollinger first had the idea of offering recently disgorged cuvees in 1961 as part of her absolute commitment to making the best possible wines.   Only the most promising of the Bollinger La Grande Annee vintages can hope to become R.D.

These cuvees   are   given   even   more   time   in   the   cellar   to   encourage   the   slow   evolution   of aromas,     as   well    as   a  redefinition     of   structure      and   a  lingering     finish.   After disgorging, the wines have a very slight addition of dosage, revealing the most pure and profound truth of the wine, paradoxically combining an extraordinary freshness and an exceptional expression of secondary and tertiary aromas.

The lively freshness amazes and enchants, while the aromatic expression intrigues.

These wines improve with    age   and    may   be  enjoyed     immediately      or  allowed     to   continue   ageing    after disgorgement, reserving additional characteristics for the future.

Bollinger R.D. wines are both a homage to the best that the terroir and time has to offer and a gift to lovers of great wines.

The oenotheque of R.D. wines produced by year:

1952, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982,

1985, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997.