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October 31, 2018

Bollinger R.D. 2004, £625, 6×75, 97 Pts

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This afternoon we are pleased to offer Bollinger R.D. 2004. It is distinguished as one of the truly great Champagnes, from the incredible 2004 vintage. We sold out on release, this great Champagne was awarded one of its highest ever scores from Richard Juhlin with 96 points. However, in June this year it was awarded its second highest ever score from The Wine Advocate, with a brilliant 97 points from Stephan Reinhardt, since then we have been trying to source another parcel. The stunning 97 points makes its price of £625 immediately undervalued, vastly outstripping the 92 point scoring 2002. Today’s offer of £625 per case of six represents an excellent discount to similar scoring older vintages; the 1997 is already £1,375 and the only other higher scoring vintage, the 98 scoring 1990, £1,800.

Bollinger R.D WA RJ Price 6×75 POP
2004 97 96 £625 78
2002 92 96 £650 81
1997 94 93 £1,375 212
1996 n/a 97 £1,250 147
1995 n/a 95 £1,500 200
1990 98 94 £1,800 257
1988 n/a 97 £2,300 271
1985 n/a 95 £2,000 267
1981 n/a 95 £2,100 280
1979 92 96 £2,100 263
1975 95 95 £2,400 320
1973 n/a 95 £2,400 320

It is also worth noting that the 1999 vintage was only released in magnum and jeroboams, the 2000 vintage only released in jeroboam and none was made in 2001. As can be surmised from the table, Bollinger R.D. displays appealing vintage premium, the above would suggest that if you were to buy two cases on release, you will be able to sell one and drink the other financed by the proceeds. Today’s release also represents the lowest Price over Points ratio of any vintage, just shy of half that of the 1996 which trades today at £1,250 per case of six. A superb prediction of its future value, based on quality as a pricing metric.

Bollinger R.D. is a Champagne that stands out, even among the very top names, due to its rarity and global cachet. It is a truly remarkable wine, one that is hard to source in its youth and very expensive to acquire with bottle age. We are pleased to offer this today in limited quantity, on a purely first come first served basis. Bollinger R.D. is the progeny of Lily Bollinger’s desire to release an older vintage disgorged, much later than conventional vintage Champagnes. By doing so she created the unique style which has since been copied by every other Champagne house, yet not surpassed – the original oenotheque and still the most revered; Bollinger R.D. is the logical extension of their prestigious Grand Annee, achieved by ageing the wine longer on its lees. R.D. stands for recemment degorge or ‘recently disgorged’ in the hard working English tongue: R.D. is a registered trademark by Bollinger.

Bollinger only make R.D. in the finest vintages, remaining a unique expression of its pedigree and the vintage which defines its creation. In 2004 Bollinger have produced one of their greatest ever R.D., a blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay. It has been selected from 16 Grand Cru (88%) and 2 Premier Crus (12%) and aged for 13 years in the epicentre of Bollinger, their cellar in Ay. As always this will be a sell-out offering, disgorged only a few months ago, but capable of ageing for 50 years and then some!

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