Champagne Bollinger launches R.D. 2004

Unveiled at Bonhams, the recently disgorged cuvée is characterised by freshness and intensity

Champagne Bollinger launched its new cuvée, R.D. 2004, with a masterclass held on 22 March at Bonhams auction house in Mayfair, London, followed by a celebratory dinner at the recently reopened private members’ club Annabel’s. 

Annabel’s, Mayfair 

Aged for more than 13 years in Bollinger’s cellars in Aÿ, and only disgorged a few months ago, the wine’s production follows the principles set out by the legendary Madame Bollinger, who recognised the value of combining the intense aromas of an old vintage with the freshness of a recent disgorgement and an extra-brut dosage. The exceptional nature of the 2004 vintage can be attributed to a year that saw a summer of below-average temperatures and rainfall, followed by a clement September in which the grapes were able to mature at the ideal rate.

To celebrate the release, Bollinger has invited the leading chef Phil Howard of Chelsea’s Elystan Street to devise an original recipe – roast zander with lentils, baked celeriac and smoked eel – that is the ideal pairing for the R.D. 2004. Watch Howard explain his inspiration in this video.

Champagne Bollinger R.D. 2004 is available for £180 from Berry Bros & Rudd, Lea & Sandeman and Amethus.

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