Last week, we had the opportunity to taste the second edition of Bollinger’s new Cuvée PN, which has just been presented: the Bollinger PN VZ 16. The abbreviation reveals that it is a Blanc de Noirs, a single-varietal Pinot Noir mainly from the commune of Verzenay.
Other grapes come from the Avenay and Tauxières vineyards. The PN VZ 2016 is a non-vintage cuvée in which 50 per cent of the grapes come from the 2016 vintage. Reserve wines dating back to 2006 are also included, with over 20 per cent of reserve wines from magnums. The high proportion of reserves adds complexity and intensity.
The wine is for all who appreciate rich champagnes that nevertheless show a lot of focus. Cherries, apple skin, brioche, nuts and quince dominate the nose. Fine evervescence of the mousse. All in all, it’s rich, very creamy with delicate notes of quince, apricot, figs, fresh bread, hazelnuts, salted almonds with some herbs—good length.