Peter Veldsman & Dirkie Christowitz Private Collection

Live Virtual Auction, 15 May 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 6 449
Lot 4
  • Bollinger; R.D; 1988; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 7 000 - 10 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 6 449

About this Item

1988 R.D
1 (1 x 1) 750ml

Created in 1829, this wine estate has always pushed its visionary projects. From the beginning, the owners have had a constant desire to grow their estate while extending the influence of the Bollinger brand. The house took an historic turn when Elisabeth Bollinger took charge of the company. At first, she acquired new vines in Aÿ, Mutigny, Grauves and Bisseuil. Furthermore, in 1961 she created the ‘Recently Disgorged’ R.D. style which is a Champagne that has been aged on its lees for longer than usual. Lily, as she is affectionately known, raised the Bollinger brand to its legendary status. History will remember her silhouette crossing the vineyards by bicycle and her famous quote: ‘I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.’

The R.D cuvée (Recently Disgorged) is the perfect illustration of the richness and complexity of the wines of Champagne. Aged between eight and fourteen years, the R.D keeps intact the rich flavours from a long time in the bottle. This bottle was disgorged in May 2000.

Critics Ratings

‘Dark gold. Very, very mushroomy. Dense and much drier than the Pol 1990. Nervy and complex. Wonderfully long. Maybe this would have been better with the oysters than the sweeter Pol. Yeasty and long and dry. So subtle and nuanced. Very nervy.’ - Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 19/20 (Jul 2010)

‘Mature and nutty in character, this 1988 exhibits a firm texture and an elegant stature, a fine backdrop for the roast coffee, hazelnut and citrus flavors. Dry style.’ - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 92/100 (Nov 2001)

Provenance

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