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Bollinger PN 'VZ15' Blanc de Noirs |Blanc de Noirs

Bollinger

Bollinger PN 'VZ15' Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs

$250.00

Welcome to the new kid in the Bollinger family which is highly rare for a house of this calibre to release a new wine that will be a permanent fixture going forward.

The 'PN Project' was a contest set by Chef de Caves Gilles Descôtes in the Bollinger winemaking team to come up with the best expression of pinot noir from a single village. All four winemakers Gilles Descôtes, Denis Bunner, Patrick Laforest and Guillaume Gallois set of in 2015 to work their magic.

After many years and blind tastings (not tastings were they were 'blind') the winning expression was by Gilles Descôtes with the Grand Cru village of 'Verzenay' making its presence known. The contenders were from Ambonnay, Bouzy and Aÿ. Going forward each year will be judged and tasted blind, with the best expression being selected for the next release.

Technical details: Verzenay accounts for 50% of the first edition. 80% of the blend comes from Bollinger’s own grapes with the dominant Verzenay component supported by Bouzy, Aÿ and Tauxières. More than 20% of the blend consists of reserve wine, an incredibly fresh and aromatic 2009 Verzenay held in magnums from its unique stock of 800,000 magnums | Vinification is in a mixture of 50% stainless steel and 50% oak, the latter in 10-year-old Burgundy barrels bought from Burgundy house Chanson and the wines spend some six months after fermentation in contact with the fine lees in order to bring about greater roundness and density.

 

Bollinger remain quite possibly one of the most famous family-owned champagne houses of all. Bollinger are well known for their dominance of the powerful and expressive pinot noir from Aÿ where they were founded, their use of magnums for production of all their wines and a traditional wine making style incorporating fermentation in oak barrels from which they have never deviated. They still have their own in-house cooper who makes and manages their stock of some 3,500 barrels! That equates to about 1 million bottles being fermented in barrel - that is the largest (along with Krug) of any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best sites across Champagne.

"PN VZ15 was disgorged in November 2019 after nearly 4 years on the lees with a dosage of seven grams per litre. The aromas are immediately seductive, showing freshness allied to a sweet praline and floral clove pinks note. This intensity of aroma is followed in the taste by an effortlessly creamy, melt-in-the-mouth mousse that seems to float before spreading and dissolving satisfyingly on the tongue in a wave of powerful flavours. This textured richness is undercut by a steely blade of freshness with a salinity that keeps you salivating. This is the real deal. (96 points)" - Anthony Rose - The Real Review 

About the house

Bollinger remain quite possibly one of the most famous family-owned champagne houses of all. Bollinger are well known for their dominance of the powerful and expressive pinot noir from Aÿ where they were founded, their use of magnums for production of all their wines and a traditional wine making style incorporating fermentation in oak barrels from which they have never deviated. They still have their own in-house cooper who makes and manages their stock of some 3,500 barrels! That equates to about 1 million bottles being fermented in barrel - that is the largest (along with Krug) of any other producer in the region. Currently Bollinger own some 164 hectares in some of the best sites across Champagne.

Reviews

"PN VZ15 was disgorged in November 2019 after nearly 4 years on the lees with a dosage of seven grams per litre. The aromas are immediately seductive, showing freshness allied to a sweet praline and floral clove pinks note. This intensity of aroma is followed in the taste by an effortlessly creamy, melt-in-the-mouth mousse that seems to float before spreading and dissolving satisfyingly on the tongue in a wave of powerful flavours. This textured richness is undercut by a steely blade of freshness with a salinity that keeps you salivating. This is the real deal. (96 points)" - Anthony Rose - The Real Review 

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