The Vieilles Vignes Françaises is (of course) produced in a very small release only (6 barrels were harvested in 2019), which makes it extremely exclusive and therefore also expensive.
And so in 2015 the idea arose to produce another blanc de noirs, more precisely a Blanc de Pinot Noir, which, considering the price, should come between the Special Cuvée and La Grande Année. 2015 also offered all kinds of opportunities.
The four winemakers at Bollinger, including Gilles Descôtes, chef de caves, and Dennis Bunner, assistant chef de caves, each blended their own cuvée and the winner in 2015 turned out to be the PNVZ15 (see photo on the right).
It’s not a mysterious code name, but it stands for pinot noir (100 percent), Verzenay (for the most part) and 2015 (although it also includes 20 percent vins de réserve from 2010 and 2009.
2015 was a warm year, and Verzenay, on the north side of the Montagne de Reims, is relatively cool (harvest is always 1 to 2 weeks later than in Aÿ).
The Special Cuvée always contains around 50 percent vins de réserve, and because additional vins de réserve are now also required for the new PNVZ15 champagne, the number of magnums with reserve wines has increased to 800,000, so it is not a true vintage, nor is it pure Verzenay – there are also grapes from 3 other crus, Bouzy, Aÿ and Tauxières, in the blend.