100% Pinot Noir, mainly from Tauxières, hence TX, and the base wine here is 2017, hence the 17. There is also fruit from Avenay & Verzenay in the blend. Dosage is 4g/l. This marks the third iteration of the single varietal PN ‘series’ from Bollinger. The previous two being based predominantly on grapes from Verzenay, so a nice touch to look to Tauxières (a rarely talked about 1er Cru) as the inspiration for this wine. Lovely golden colour with a pinky hue. Very fine mousse. There are immediate notes of orchard fruits, in particular baked apple, with some peach & apricot in support. After a while in the glass hints of sweet spice are more noticeable, making me think of apple pie and brioche. Although half of the wine is made in oak barrels, it’s all very well integrated. There’s a lovely richness to the fruit that is perfectly balanced by mouthwatering acidity. It’s a real joy to drink now, but this is very much still in its infancy. If you can hold onto it for a few years, we think that patience will be well rewarded with additional layers of complexity making it an even more exciting prospect. This is well worth seeking out. Very good! L&S (Jun 2022)
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Bollinger’s latest 100% Pinot Noir release is the perfect Blanc de Noir to embrace in 2023. The 2017 vintage is cellar aged for more than twice the required time, giving it a delightful golden hue. Expect dried flowers, mocha, and liquorice on the nose with a baked nectarine, honey, and creme de cassis palate. Oo la la!Aidy Smith, Oracle Time (Dec 2022)
The latest edition of Bollinger’s PN collection, this is a 100% Pinot Noir champagne with that typically rounded luxuriousness Bolly provides. Whispers of acacia, roses and smoke dance over bright stone fruit notes and vibrant bubbles.Libby Zietsman-Brodie, City AM (Jul 2022)
The wine is almost completely dominated by the extremely exciting and rare Tauxières Premier Cru, which is one of two villages classified 99% on the Grand Cru scale. Despite an impressive vineyard area of 237 hectares, it is extremely rare to come across champagnes dominated by this fantastic Cru. A cooler microclimate and a thinner soil layer with even more compact chalk than sunny Bouzy make the wines from here lighter and more elegant than Bouzy but stronger than Verzenay which is also part of this exciting Blanc de Noirs with predominantly base from 2017. Here is also a small splash of Avenay to give a little buttery roundness to the cuvée with its low dosage of 4 grams. The reserve wines that always come from magnum bottles under low pressure make up 48% from three vintages in 2016, 2009 and 2006. In total, half of the wine is made in oak barrels and the other half in steel tanks. The result is very beautiful and personal. The scent has features of lead pencil, juniper and freshly lacquered boat together with more classic coffee notes, rose petals, apricot and peach. The taste is vivid and multifaceted with a lively precision, lighter fruit aromas than you normally find in Bollinger's wines. Even cassis is one of the more unexpected aromas in this finely tuned complex symphony. Very impressive and exciting champagne that really makes me want to taste more and that I will look out for to my private cellar. Rating: 92-94 Richard Juhlin (Jun 2022)
Jacques Bollinger, who was born at Ellwanger in the Kingdom of Wurtemberg, came to Champagne in 1822. In 1829, together with Hennequin de Villermont and Paul Levieux Renaudin, he founded the Champagne House of Bollinger Renaudin at Ay. The Bollinger family have managed the House ever since. Despite Paul Renaudin dying without issue, his name remained on the label until the 1960's. Pehaps the most famous member of the Bollinger family was "Lilly" Bollinger who married Jacques' great grandson and took over the Company when he died in 1941. She is responsible for the famous quote "I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty" Except in the very best vintages, only the first pressings are used (the rest being sold off) and Bollinger still carry out first fermentations in oak. Bollinger own around 160ha of vineyard which account for about 60% of their requirements. They are planted to about 60% Pinot Noir.
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