The New York Times has recommended Champagne Bollinger PN VZ15 in its weekly Front Burner column. Florence Fabricant, who has visited the estate, offers readers background on Bollinger’s famed Vieilles Vignes Francaises blanc de noirs bottling before introducing PN VZ15, a new blanc de noirs that is “a nonvintage blend of wines with a base of the 2015 from the commune of Verzenay, with additions dating back to the 2009 vintage.”
Continuing, she notes “the wine is full bodied, with ripe pears, apricots and a hint of chanterelles on the palate. It’s food-friendly and excellent alongside scrambled eggs with black truffles (my ideal lunch when visiting the Champagne region).” Read the full write up HERE
Champagne Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2010
Vieilles Vignes Françaises is one of Champagne’s most mythical cuvees, produced from miraculously preserved and ungrafted 100% Pinot Noir vines. Phylloxera destroyed the vines of Champagne in the early 20th century, but amazingly enough two of Bollinger’s classified Grands crus plots, Chaudes Terres and Clos St. Jacques, survived and are still grown the traditional way. Madame Lily Bollinger first had this wine produced in 1969 as an anniversary cuvee to commemorate her 70th birthday. Following the wine’s launch in 1974, Vieilles Vignes Françaises promptly became a collectible and a symbol of a bygone era. Over the decades, its uniqueness and scarcity have made it one of the most sought-after and expensive Champagnes.
Champagne Bollinger PN VZ15
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 first edition of the series, PN VZ15, explores the interpretation of Pinot Noir from Verzenay 2015 and features reserve wines dating back to 2009.
Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. Known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne, their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail and incredibly labor-intensive practices that few houses are willing to undertake. Underscoring its excellence, Bollinger has remained British secret agent James Bond's Champagne of choice since 1973.