Bollinger La Cote aux Enfants 2009 Magnum
Côte aux Enfants, a real challenge in the Champagne region, is the
combination of an exceptional terroir and an expert Burgundy-style
vinification method. The concentration and strength of this wine are
Champagne vineyards were originally renowned for their red wines. Those
made exclusively with Pinot Noir from the village of Aÿ were a great
favourite at the French Court, especially under King Henri IV.
intense deep red colour. On the nose, notes of clove, pepper, vanilla,
cinnamon, honey (gingerbread), truffle, liquorice, chocolate. Morello
cherry, kirsch, cherry, prune and floral notes (rose).
This is a red wine with character, a velvety texture and subtle balance.
Cushion of veal in red coteau champenois
wine. Tournedos with glazed shallots in red wine sauce. Duck and
poultry in general. Tomme de Savoie and Brie de Meaux cheeses.
To highlight its unique style, its bouquet and its aromas, we recommend serving La Côte aux Enfants 2009 between 16 and 18°C
from grapes in the eponymous parcel of land reserved specially for this
wine, the champagne from this top-quality hlilside is a prime example
of Bollinger’s main vocation: designing great wines.
100% Pinot Noir Grand cru of Aÿ
from one single free run. Burgundy-style cultivation and production
methods (green harvesting, hand sorting on the vine then on tables,
de-stemming, pre-fermentation maceration at low temperature for 8 days
followed by a gradual rise in temperature).
for 8 months in small, recent oak barrels. Limited yields, between
6,000 and 8,000kg per hectare. Limited production, reserved for the
Enhances the blend of La Grande Année, added in very small proportions (5-7%) to produce La Grande Année Rosé.
ABV - 11.5%
Côte aux Enfants comes from a small plot of 2.5 acres, located in the
heart of the terroir of Aÿ; one of Champagne’s grands crus. Exceptional
for its exposure and quality of its soil, it is exclusively planted with
Pinot Noir. This vineyard is specifically cultivated, with a green
harvest that reduces the yield down to 8,000 kgs per hectare.
Côte aux Enfants is produced under the Coteaux Champenois Appellation
and is only made in exceptional years. The harvest date is decided
carefully at the moment when the grapes reach their optimum maturity.
production of the 2002 vintage was 4,357 bottles. At the harvest, the
grapes are sorted ‘à la clayette’ and the harvest completely de-stemmed.
Only made from the ‘jus de goutte’, the wine macerates on its skins for
10 to 12 days. It is then aged for a minimum of two years, in 205 litre
oak casks. The barrels used are 3 - 5 years old so the oak influence is
subtle in the finished wine.