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Bollinger, Champagne - R.D., Extra Brut 1.5L 1997

$580.00 -- The wine shows tons of depth in a dark, dramatic expression of the vintage. Ripe apricots, pears, smoke, minerals and ash are some of the nuances that flow from this broad-shouldered, expansive Champagne...

Purchase Bollinger, Champagne - R.D., Extra Brut 1.5L 1997

Bollinger, Champagne - R.D., Extra Brut 1.5L 1997 The 1997 Extra Brut R.D. needs quite a bit of air to open up. The wine shows tons of depth in a dark, dramatic expression of the vintage. Ripe apricots, pears, smoke, minerals and ash are some of the nuances that flow from this broad-shouldered, expansive Champagne. Once again, I find striking depth and detail in all dimensions of the wine. Personally, I am more inclined to the style of the Grande Annee, but the 1997 R.D. is undoubtedly a gorgeous Champagne. This is an intense wine that needs to be paired with food. The 1997 R.D is 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay of which 75% is Grand Cru and 25% is Premier Cru. This is Lot L017935. Disgorged January 4, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017.

94 points

The Wine Advocate

Purchase Bollinger, Champagne - R.D., Extra Brut 1.5L 1997

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