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Bollinger R.D. 2002 - A Champagne Supernova

"Bollinger R.D. 2002 shows the power of the vintage rather than the richness of the house, for which they are rightly known. Bollinger typically stands out for its toast and oxidative development, but in 2002 its almost as if the superbly ripe fruit refuses to age. It takes no oxidative suggestion. We drank this recently and its so pure, refined and long for a 14 year old wine I could only wonder for how long it will continue to improve as I cast my gaze into the sky."

Justin Knock MW

"Super fresh, this is striking given the 10 years in the cellars; it has a fine citrus nose - plenty of lemon, grapefruit, yellow chalky notes, some lighter floral elements too. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g) and there's a silky, sherbet-like texture, smooth, fine and long. The citrus flavours give way to the driving surging acidity, thunderous acidity, really driving and powerful. The finish twists very slowly through to light-toasted cashew fruit flavours, but lemon citrus prevails. This is thrilling Champagne. Drink from 2016"

JAMES SUCKLING 99 Pts

"Bollinger's 2002 R.D. is striking in its beauty. Silky and caressing on the palate, the 2002 impresses for its exceptional balance and harmony. In 2002 so many Champagnes are ripe and explosive in style, but the 2002 R.D. is quite restrained by comparison. Hints of apricot pit, smoke, almonds, spices and pears ring out on the super-finessed, inviting finish. The 2002 is going to be nearly impossible to resist in its youth, but it should also age impeccably. All the elements are in the right place. Dosage is 3-4 grams per liter"

ANTONIO GALLONI 96 Pts

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