We are delighted to introduce the keenly anticipated second cuvée from Bollinger in this new series of releases showcasing a different cru (village) and exploring terroir in different ways. PN VZ 16 is a 100% Pinot-focused (PN) blend from vineyards in Verzenay (VZ) based on the 2016 vintage.
With the high proportion of Pinot coming from the chalky soils of Verzenay, PN VZ 16 showcases the charm of this unique terroir. Wonderful depth, elegance and tension, combine with a beautiful saline finish.
Bollinger are famed for their Pinot Noir so there is little surprise that it’s signature rich, open style shines through. The wonderful smoky, nutty and caramel tones imparted by Bollinger’s distinct foudre ageing are already present and the reserve wines, aged for up to 15 years en magnum, add to its exceptional aromatic intensity.
"Soft, open-knit and wonderfully inviting PN VZ 16 is a worthy follow up to the sublime 2015 that launched this new Blanc de Noirs in the Bollinger range last year. Sweet red cherry, Mirabelle, spice, mint and dried flowers all grace this wonderfully translucent, expressive Blanc de Noirs. North-facing sites in Verzenay that confer tension and energy make up about half the blend, with wines from Aÿ, Bouzy and Louvois playing supporting roles. Vinification is done in equal parts steel and oak. This release is based on 2016 (50% of the blend), with reserve wines that go back to 2006, including 23% from reserve magnums. Readers who enjoy Blanc de Noirs will adore the PN VZ 16. I find the interplay of vibrancy and the creamier notes that are so typical of the house style to be incredibly appealing." 93 pts Antonio Galloni
To the eye: A colour with golden undertones.
To the nose: Opens with fruity notes of apple, rhubarb, quince and mirabelle plum. After a few moments, hazelnut aromas complement the aromatic palette.
On the palate: A wonderful creamy effervescence yields to a delectable and expressive quality. Exotic flavours, with brioche and hints of stewed fruit, precede a saline finish.
Risotto of Champagne lentils
Veal sweetbreads with chestnuts
PN VZ16 is a wine to be enjoyed by enthusiasts interested in the expression of Pinot Noir from across the Champagne region. To fully appreciate its unique style and aromas, PN VZ16 is best served between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy PN VZ16 now or leave it in the cellar to develop further.
Pinot Noir is the pillar of the Champagne Bollinger style, and the House has forged its reputation by showcasing this variety. The PN cuvée aims to prolong the heritage and the legendary style Bollinger is renowned for. This VZ16 edition is the second interpretation from the new collection. Each year will see a new addition to the PN collection, exploring the House’s various terroirs in a different way.