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Andrew Nugent grew up next door to the great historical wineworks at Penfolds Magill. He honed his craft as viticulturalist and vigneron amongst the illustrious wineries of old McLaren Vale. In the 1990s, Nugent planted new vines at Woodside along Bird In Hand Road, on the site of an ancient gold mine, a godsend of fortuitously fertile soils and magnificent mesoclimes for stellar quality Adelaide Hills wine. Bird In Hand have since amassed a breathtaking tally of international accolades for the unrivalled excellence of their superlative vintages, wonderfully small batch releases, with the magnificence of structure, seamlessness and immaculacy of fruit, to enthuse curio and cognescenti alike... Vivid vintages from the tailings of adelaide hills»
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Bollinger RD Recently Disgorged CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pinot Noir French Champagnes, Ay France
Madame Bollinger sanctioned Récemment Dégorgé for inaugural vintage 1967, affording true aficianados the opportunity to savour the excellence of Bollinger after being infused with the richness of six years bottle age on yeast lees. Dominated slightly by a larger proportion of Aÿ and Verzenay, Bouzy and Tauxières Pinot Noir, the ancient Crus of Cramant and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Cuis for Chardonnay. Treated to the extravagance of barrel ferments and minimal Extra Brut Doseage of three grams per liter, RD is James Bond’s favourite Champagne.
Available in cartons of six
Case of 6
$3191.50
Golden hues, refined perlage. Bouquets of ripe orchard fruits, particularly quince, boulangere and honey biscuit notes, roasted notes, cocoa and cashew, nutmeg and star anise. Full bodied palate, powerful but balanced and controlled, a persistence of creamy baked characters, nougat and Nice, lingering mineral finish, apple flan, parfait and Crème de citron.
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The history of Bollinger is that of a family in the Champagne region of France over the centuries.

The original winemakers -Hennequins- were landowners in Cramant as of 1585 in Cuis and Ay. In 1829, Athanase Hennequin de Villermont became partners with Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger to found the Maison Bollinger in Ay.

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Bollinger, unlike it's thriving market oriented competitive Champagne Houses, has continued to produce rich, full-flavored wines that reflects tradition.

Bollinger owns one of the very few vineyards -Clos St. Jacques - to escape the vine disease that destroyed Europe's wineries in the 1800's. A secial release of this wine as the 100 percent pinot noir champagne called Vieilles Vignes Fran?aises, is unique in that it can boast that it's grown on ancient French rootstock.

Before being a great Champagne, Bollinger is a great wine and the quality of the grapes is a determining factor.

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The Bollinger winery enjoys miles of underground cellars which are an integral part of the authentic Champagne making process.

The House's vineyard of 160 hectares, particularly well spread out, enables the winemakers to cover more than 60% of Bollinger's needs; an exceptional situation in Champagne. The remainder is supplied by associated winegrowers. This grape supply ensures the continuity and the consistency of the Bollinger style.

Madame Jacques Bollinger, who was familiarlycalled 'Aunt Lilly', took over the reins in 1941, following her husband's death. She succeeded in giving the firm new impetus whilst maintaining extremely strict rules regarding the quality.

Pinot Noir is the basis of the blend and contributes vinosity, complexity and strength. Bollinger favours Grands and Premiers Crus. Chardonnay adds a touch of elegance and refinement. Meunier imparts freshness and lightness.

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