The latest release of Bollinger’s PN VZ cuvée leaps out of the glass – aromas of toast, brioche, sweet spice and plump Mirabelle plum making for an incredibly enticing nose. While the nose borders on the exotic, the palate is full and structured with wonderful tension and creamy mousse. Layers of crunchy berry fruit build towards a creamy, cinnamon-scented, steely finish.
FINE+RARE (July 2021)
Produced exclusively from vineyards owned by Bollinger, this takes advantage of the dynamic equilibrium between the structured, robust Pinot Noir grape and a terroir that is late-ripening. Picking began on 25 September and delivered a wine with plenty of concentration and impressive freshness and balance, with expressive green apple fruit accented with notes of toast and smoke and a creamy, supple, and open texture. Dosed at 6 g/l. Disgorged in November 2020.
Charles Curtis MW, Decanter (April 2021)Score: 95/100Drink 2021-2031
Soft, open-knit and wonderfully inviting PN VZ 16 is a worthy follow up to the sublime 2015 that launched this new Blanc de Noirs in the Bollinger range last year. Sweet red cherry, Mirabelle, spice, mint and dried flowers all grace this wonderfully translucent, expressive Blanc de Noirs. North-facing sites in Verzenay that confer tension and energy make up about half the blend, with wines from Aÿ, Bouzy and Louvois playing supporting roles. Vinification is done in equal parts steel and oak. This release is based on 2016 (50% of the blend), with reserve wines that go back to 2006, including 23% from reserve magnums. Readers who enjoy Blanc de Noirs will adore the PN VZ 16. I find the interplay of vibrancy and the creamier notes that are so typical of the house style to be incredibly appealing.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (March 2021)Score: 93/100Drink 2021-2033