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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 1996
Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 1996
(search item no. 100820)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $149.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1990 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1981 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Pale gold.

Aroma: Delicate and complex aromas of honey and toffee.

Taste: This unique wine shows extraordinary complexity and depth while maintaining its freshness.

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About Champagne Bollinger:

In 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe have coveted ever since. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained that trademark style, and Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marque houses to be owned, controlled and managed by the same family since it was founded.

With 399 acres of vineyards situated in the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus villages, Bollinger relies on its own estate for nearly two-thirds of its grape requirements, including the Pinot Noir that gives its Champagne its distinctive roundness and elegance. Bollinger is one of a select few houses that can control the quality of its grape supply so carefully.

Bollinger is renowned for its stringent quality standards. It adheres to traditional methods, including individual vinification of each marc and cru, barrel fermentation (it is the last Champagne house to employ a full-time cooper) and extra-aging on the lees prior to disgorgement.

Members of the British Royal Court were among the first to embrace Bollinger’s unmistakable quality, and Queen Victoria made Bollinger the exclusive purveyor to the Court by Royal Warrant in 1884. Besides royalty, loyal devotees have included heads of state, celebrities and even famous fictional characters: Agent 007, James Bond, demands the exclusive Champagne Bollinger.