Pinot Noir is the pillar of the Champagne Bollinger style, and the House has forged its reputation by showcasing this variety, therefore, every champagne from Bollinger is mostly Pinot Noir - at least 60% - yet they do not have a regular Blanc de Noirs, except maybe the Vieilles Vignes Francaises which is a tiny production, vintage cuvee from a single vineyard. A few years ago, the champagne house was determined to create a new cuvee to showcase their Pinot and set up an internal competition among their winemakers to craft the best Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir) blend with the conditions that the wine had to be non-vintage, 100% Pinot Noir and possible to offer at both an affordable price and with some scale. And now, the winning blend is released to the market as "PN VZ15 NV".
All abbreviations used in the name, "PN" stands for "Pinot Noir" while "VZ" represents the village of which the majority of the grapes come from, i.e. Verzenay, and "15" is in reference to the vintage of the base wine. This "15" release is the very first of its series to be released and each subsequent year will see a new addition to the PN collection, exploring the House’s various terroirs in a different way. This VZ15 edition opens with aromas of cherry stone, jam-infused fruit and dried fig. The rich, complex nose then develops towards toasted, baked notes as well as aromas of elderflower and pear. On the palate, flavours of peach and apricot are enhanced with hazelnut and acacia blossom notes.
Awarded 95pts by Richard Juhlin with comments that this champagne is "vibrantly fresh, mineral-driven and extremely pure", and 94pts by Antonio Galloni, stating that this is "superb" and urging people not to miss it. Immediately available from stock, we are offering a special price of HK$700 per bottle for our very last 18 bottles! Don't miss! -
Bollinger PN VZ15 NV
HK$725 per bottle Special Offer: HK$700 per bottle (Valid until Mon, 12th Apr 2021) 18 bottles available, Immediately available from stock 94pts Antonio Galloni A fabulous Champagne, the NV PN VZ 15 is a new wine from Bollinger and the first addition to the range in over a decade. As the name implies, it is a 100% Pinot Noir built on a core of fruit from Verzenay and based on the 2015 vintage. Bollinger’s most iconic wine is of course the super-rare and expensive 100% Pinot Noir Vielles Vignes Françaises. A few years ago, Bollinger set out on a path to exalt the unique characteristics of their Pinot. For this project, the four leads of the winemaking team headed by Cellar Master Gilles Descôtes and Deputy Cellar Master Denis Bunner were tasked with each creating a new cuvée. The conditions: the wine had to be non-vintage, 100% Pinot Noir and possible to offer at both an affordable price and with some scale. The four wines were tasted blind and the winner is the new PN VZ 15, the first in a series of upcoming releases that will explore the many shades of Pinot at Bollinger. I tasted it recently with Bunner and General Manager Charles-Armand de Belenet and was super impressed. Bright and vibrant on the palate, the PN VZ 15 captures all of the Pinot richness that is such a Bollinger signature but with the freshness and verve that make Pinots from Verzenay so distinctive. Rich red fruit, mint, dried flower and spice notes play off bright acids and veins of saline-drenched minerals in a display of aromas, flavors and textures that dazzle all the senses. Think of it as a baby VVF, but with the tension of Verzenay. The blend is approximately 50% Verzenay and 50% Aÿ, Bouzy and Louvois, done about half in steel and half in oak. This release is based on the 2015 vintage (50% of the blend), with reserve wines that go back to 2009, including 20% from the reserve magnums Bollinger is so famous for. This bottle was disgorged in November 2019 and dosage is 7 grams per liter, about average for Bollinger today. As I have written before, many of Champagne’s big houses have embraced the ambitious spirit of grower Champagne with their recent bottlings, wines that often place more emphasis on variety and place than the flagship blended cuvées that are the core of what Champagne has represented in the past. This is yet another example. The new PN VZ 15 is superb, and sharply priced as well, something that is not often the case with new grande marque Champagnes these days. Don’t miss it. (Originally published in August 2020)
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