This is the first new cuvée from Bollinger since 2008 when Bollinger Rosé NV was launched. The wine's name is ’PN’ and the first edition has the surname ‘VZ 15’.
This will form part of a series of releases showcasing a different cru (village) with each cuvée exploring terroir in different ways. PN VZ 15 is a 100% Pinot-focused blend from Grand Cru vineyards in Verzenay based on the 2015 vintage.
With the high proportion of Pinot coming from the chalky soils of Verzenay, PN VZ 15 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 10 years en magnum, add to its exceptional aromatic intensity.
I just had my first taste and I love it:
The expressive nose is full of intense Poire William a hint of elderflower, cinnamon and lemon zest. The palate is ripe, rewarding and reminiscent of tarte Tatin. There's just the right level of refreshing lemon and lime acidity to lift and refresh. This is so easy to drink. It's plush and generous with a lingering marmalade finish. Vibrant and impressive. Although it will doubtless age gracefully, it'll take a lot of will power not to drink this in the exuberance of its youth. Simon Quinn, VinQuinn
The presentation is brilliant and is reminiscent of the house's legendary blanc de noirs Bollinger ’Vieilles Vignes Françaises’…..
A Verzenay blanc de noirs with sprinkles of Aÿ, Bouzy and Tauxières, where 50% of the wine comes from 2015 with reserve wines on magnum dating from 2009. Verzenay and Aÿ are, as you know, the dominant villages in Bollinger's vintage wines. Verzenay is often the chalky and mineral-rich backbone of Bollinger's vintage build-up. The wine is vibrantly fresh, mineral-driven and extremely pure. There is a clarity and sharpness that is outstanding, where gunpowder notes and aroma of grilled meat develop as the glass warms up slightly. I love this wine as it is a perfect creation from one of the most important villages in the whole of Champagne dominated by the aforementioned minerality, but also with notes of violet and red grapefruit so typical of Verzenay of the highest class. On aeration the scent develops more and more notes of pears, figs and freshly baked baguette and the taste develops towards peach and apricot jam. Personally, though, I will wait as long as I can before opening my own bottles to get the increasing depth of caramel and grilled hazelnut flavour that only time in the cellar can provide. 95pt Richard Juhlin