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New Release: Bollinger's Stunning PN VZ 16
24 August 2021

Bollinger has launched the second edition of their new “PN VZ” cuvée – a Blanc de Noirs predominantly from the Grand Cru village of Verzenay, in Champagne’s Montagne de Reims. This house has long been celebrated for the quality of its Pinot Noir, a skill arguably played out best in the ever-reliable Special Cuvée NV, which has always been around 70% Pinot Noir. This new cuvee pays homage to Pinot Noir (PN) in its pure form and nods to the current wave of interest in site-specific Champagnes. In this instance, Verzenay (VZ), which makes up 50% of the blend, is renowned for deep chalk soils and a generally cooler micro-climate than Bollinger’s well-known home plots in Aÿ, yielding wines of fine, lacy tension and crisp fruit. Based on the 2016 vintage, the PN VZ16 contains reserve wines which go back to 2006, adding a great deal of complexity and texture to the blend. As the only Blanc de Noirs in the Bollinger portfolio (save for the very rare and very expensive VVF), it won’t come as any surprise that the wine is masterfully detailed, with lovely red fruit and a really vibrant seam of acidity and floral lift, that in our view makes this release even more compelling than last year’s.

It seems that Bollinger has found its groove recently, with their La Grande Année Blanc and Rosé releases delivering real quality at attractive prices for a number of years now. At just £350 IB per 6 bottles, the PN VZ is another stylishly packaged, well-priced premium Champagne release destined to please.

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