Bollinger PN VZ16

Following on from the fantastic PN VZ15, Bollinger has created the PN VZ16 Champagne and going forward this will be an annual treat for lovers of Pinot Noir-based Champagne! Made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes, predominantly from Verzenay (as well as Avenay and Tauxières), this expression was cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation, leading to a bold, complex, rewarding flavour profile.
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Rich, full flavoured and toasty
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The story began with Athanase de Villermont, the youngest son of a noble family with a brilliant destiny. A great soldier who shone during the American War of Independence, he inherited an extensive estate from his family in the Aÿ area. He immediately foresaw the extraordinary potential of the wines of Champagne, but as an aristocrat he was forbidden to become involved in trade. He then met Joseph Bollinger, a widely travelled German who had left his country of birth to learn about the Champagne wine trade, and Paul Renaudin, a local man who was fascinated by the world of wine. The firm of Renaudin-Bollinger & Cie was founded on 6th February 1829. Joseph took care of sales and Paul of the cellar. Athanase had founded a Champagne House that was to endure through the centuries. It was only in 2008 that, for the first time in its history, the House placed its future into the care of a Chairman who was not a family member. With the Bollinger family’s support, Jérôme Philipon has extended his predecessor’s programme of modernisation and investment. With him, the House has continued to preserve its traditional expertise while incorporating the best of new technologies for the future development of the brand, both in terms of quality and commercial growth.

Tasting Notes

A colour with golden undertones. The nose opens with fruity notes of apple, rhubarb, quince and mirabelle plum. After a few moments, hazelnut aromas complement the aromatic palette. The palate has a wonderful creamy effervescence yields to a delectable and expressive quality. Exotic flavours, with brioche and hints of stewed fruit, precede a saline finish.

Food Matches

Tomato tartlet Risotto of Champagne lentils Veal sweetbreads with chestnuts Langres cheese.


Blend of the VZ16 edition: 100% Pinot Noir (Blanc de Noirs). Main origin: Verzenay. Other villages: Avenay, Tauxières Base wine: 2016. Exclusive use of the cuvée. Maturation: Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation. Dosage: Moderate, 6 grams per litre. PN