During the last 10 or so years there has been a thirst for more information from the consumer led by a handful of predominately small growers. But the concept of acknowledging the disgorgement and telling the customer all started way back in the 1960s when Bollinger released a revolutionary cuvee named “R.D.” with the 1952 vintage. A wine that had seen further time in the cellar than the standard vintage, more time that is in contact with the dead yeast cells. It wasn’t, however, until the 1980s that another name joined in, namely Bruno Paillard, when they started to advise their consumers of what date the cork was added. From that point on, and mainly in the last 5 years, the information on the back label has increased greatly from the date the wine went into the bottle (Tirage), the blend (percentage of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier etc), dosage, (amount of sugar per litre), base year, (the youngest wine in the cuvee) and even information around malolactic fermentation, and whether or not it saw oak. The list is endless, as you can see from the back of the Pierre Legras Idee de Voyage 2008 below. But one of the most relevant bits of information is that of the disgorgement date.