Pinot Glory from Champagne Bollinger

Nick Jackson, MW Consultant | October 9, 2021

A Multiplicity of Pinot Noir

Few Champagne houses are as closely tied to one of Champagne’s grape varieties as Bollinger is to Pinot Noir. From its home in Aÿ, Bollinger exploits the spicy Pinot Noir of the southern Montagne de Reims to brilliant effect. The house’s current lineup explores the variety in a multiplicity of forms.

The traditional Bollinger trio remains the heart of the stable: the Special Cuvée, always one of the most intense and flavourful of non-vintage blends; Grande Année, currently from the exuberant, joyful 2012 vintage; and the R.D. (recently disgorged) 2007, a late release of great complexity.

But Bollinger is also offering three curiosities at present. Côte aux Enfants 2015, a rich, bright, still Pinot Noir; PN VZ 16, a Champagne of 100% Pinot Noir grapes largely from the village of Verzenay, based on the 2016 vintage with older wines included in the blend; and B13, a 100% Pinot Noir vintage Champagne from a cool, late year, yielding wines of crystalline purity.

If you enjoy Pinot Noir-led Champagne, Bollinger has you covered!