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Bollinger "PN VZ15" Brut Champagne

SKU #1496321 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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....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. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

K&L Notes

This tiny release will be gone before you know it! This Champagne’s unusual name comes from the codes often used on tanks and barrels in the Champagne region, usually written in the abundant chalk of the region so it can be easily erased when the wine is racked or bottled. The PN is for 100% Pinot Noir, while the VZ stands for the grand cru of Verzenay, which makes up the great majority of this wine. There is also some Ay, Bouzy and Tauxieres in this bottling. The 15 is for 2015, the base vintage, which makes up 80% of the blend. The rest is reserves, exclusively from Bollinger’s incredible library of magnums and the oldest element is from 2009. The wine is 80% from their own vineyards, with 20% from their top growers in these prestigious villages and it is 50% barrel fermented. The dosage is quite low at 7 grams per liter, but the wine comes across as quite rich because of the warmth of the 2015 harvest. - Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2020 | Send Email
We enjoyed this wine last night after closing up the store and all of us found this Champagne to be almost Burgundian in its scale and in its excellent expression of Pinot Noir character. That being said, the personality of Verzenay is potent here. For me, this is the most identifiable village in all of Champagne and has a nougat and hazelnut quality here that is beguiling. In the mouth, the spicy black cherry compote fruit quality is balanced by a silky bead and a savory, gastronomic breadth.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

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