Bollinger switches to Jeroboams for R.D.20th June, 2013 by Lucy Shaw
Champagne Bollinger has opted to only release the 2000 vintage of its prestige cuvée R.D. in Jeroboam.
The house’s chief executive, Jérôme Philippon, took the decision as he felt the three litre format was the best bottle size for the Champagne to age in.
Speaking to the drinks business at Vinexpo in Bordeaux this week, Philippon said: “The 2000 vintage is very pleasant and easy to drink.
“Given the forward nature of 2000, bottles and magnums wouldn’t have been right for R.D. as they would speed up the ageing, but Jeroboams last forever.
“R.D. develops best in Jeroboam and it seemed the right thing to do to limit it to that format, but bottles and magnums of R.D will definitely be back,” he reassured.
Just 400 Jeroboams of R.D. 2000 have been bottled, with 350 sold in numbered gift boxes and the other 50 forming the centerpiece of the “Bollinger Experience.”
Designed by Eric Berthes, who also collaborated with the house on the “Bollinger bullet” in 2009, the black lacquer structure boasts a red leather lining.
In addition to the Jeroboam, each unit comes with a pewter Bollinger branded ice bucket and eight Bollinger flutes designed by Riedel.
“I was vary of launching it as the economic climate isn’t great, so I wasn’t sure how it would be received, but I could have released three times the amount.
“All 40 have already been allocated – it’s a big toy for the big boys and the enthusiastic take up proves there is still a market for this kind of thing,” Philippon told db.
Standing for “recently disgorged,” Bollinger R.D. 2000 is made from grapes grown across 16 crus, with 76% of the blend made from grand cru grapes.
A blend of 63% Pinot Noir and 37% Chardonnay, all 400 Jeroboams were disgorged on 07/07 last year, in honour of Bollinger’s links to James Bond. Ten Bollinger Experiences are destined for the UK.