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Bollinger Extra Brut R.D. Champagne 2002 (Champagne, France) - [JS 99] [WS 96] [RP 92] [AG 91]
Bollinger Extra Brut R.D. Champagne 2002 (Champagne, France) - [JS 99] [WS 96] [ST 94]


 
Retail Price: $420.00
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Winery: Bollinger
Varietal: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Region: Champagne, France
Vintage: 2002
Bottle Size: 750 mL

Product Code: BOLLINGEREXTRABRUTRD02-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:
To the eye: golden with subtle highlights.

To the nose: aromas of stewed ripe fruit, particularly quince, but also a discreet note of honey. These are followed by roasted notes and cocoa, which give way to flavours of star anise and nutmeg.

To the palate: full-bodied attack. Powerful but well-balanced, with persistent flavour. Mineral finish with touches of lemon revealing a pleasing bitterness.

Ratings & Reviews

99 Points - James Suckling:

It's striking that is as fresh as it is given the ten years in the cellars. It has a fine citrus nose with plenty of lemons, grapefruit and yellow chalky notes, not to mention some lighter floral elements. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g), and there's a silky, sherbet-like texture that makes this smooth fine and long. The citrus flavors give way to the surging acidity and the finish twists very slowly through to lightly toasted cashew nuts mingled with complex fruit and citrus flavors. Disgorged October 22, 2013." - (October 8, 2016)

96 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A fine example of power married to elegance, this is impeccably balanced, with a mouthwatering palate of crème de cassis, toasted brioche, fleur de sel and crystallized honey flavors. The rich, smoky underpinning is carried on a finely detailed bead. Disgorged March 2014. Drink now through 2030. 200 cases imported." – AN (Nov 15, 2015)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Big names do not help if you are not familiar with a certain house style, and so I can understand everyone who dislikes Bollinger's 2002 RD Extra Brut, which at first sight reveals a matured if not an old wine displaying toffee, floral (hyacinths, narcissus, sage), vegetal and spicy aromas (oak, cannabis, frankincense, black bread) -- but almost no fruit (at least no fresh fruit). This wine was disgorged in March 2014, but just needs a lot of time in the glass to develop its complexity. On the palate this is a very pure, fresh, lively, firmly structured and almost ascetic wine with complexity, but almost no sensuality. Very distinctive style." - Stephan Reinhardt (29th Oct 2015)

91 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"The 2002 Extra Brut R.D. has always been one of the more restrained wines of the vintage. Today, a year after its first disgorgement, the 2002 appears to be gently moving into a more mature stage of its life. Candied apricot, dried flowers, mint, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes are all nicely woven together, but the evolution of the 2002 R.D. stands in stark contrast to that of most of the other top wines of the year. Two bottles I tasted recently were both disappointing, especially considering the high marks I gave this wine last year. Disgorged: November 21, 2014." - Antonio Galloni (Nov 2015)


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