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Champagne Countdown: Rich Berry Ripeness

December 29, 2021

Wine & Spirits Editor-in-Chief Josh Greene featured Champagne Bollinger PN VZ16 as the publication’s wine of the week – suitably timed for the festive week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Greene shared background on the wine, explaining that “Gilles Descôtes, Bollinger’s chef de cave, challenged his winemaking team to create a blanc de noirs exclusively from pinot noir, hoping to give their Vieilles Vignes Française “a little brother,” less rare and more accessibly priced.” Last year was the first release of this wine, PN VZ15, and the current release, PN VZ16, “is, once again, based on fruit from Verzenay—all pinot noir, including the reserve wines.” The publication awarded PN VZ16 with 94 points, with Greene adding, It’s as muscular as Bollinger’s classic vintage wines but with a rich berry-fruit component to fill it with ripeness. There’s a ghosting of red-wine tannins in the cinnamon and red-apple-skin flavors that last with focus and precision.” Read the full story HERE

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    PN, made entirely from Pinot Noir to underscore the very essence and DNA of the House style, is the first new cuvée added to Bollinger’s permanent range since rosé in 2008. Each release of PN, developed as a series to bring Bollinger’s unique vision of Pinot Noir to light, will showcase a different cru from the base year that highlights its distinctive terroir and taste. The second edition of the series, PN VZ16, explores the interpretation of Pinot Noir from Verzenay 2016 and features reserve wines dating back to 2006.

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