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Department > Luxury Wines > Red Wine > Bollinger La Cote Aux Enfants 2012 75cl

Bollinger La Cote Aux Enfants 2012 75cl

Producer: Bollinger
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Bollinger La Cote aux Enfants 2012

 
A great red wine from the legendary Aÿ plot: a pure Pinot Noir, the combination of an exceptional plot and a typical Burgundy highly skilled winemaking method. Very rare in Champagne country.
 
The 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.

 

Tasting Notes:

An intense ruby colour. On the nose: notes of liquorice, morello cherries and elderflower jam, developing towards hints of cocoa.
 

To the palate the fruitiness bursts forth, a rich mouth feel with a beautiful tannic structure; a final note of cherry and kirsch.

 

Food Pairing:

Veal in red wine sauce, Beef filet with shallots and red wine sauce, Poultry and duck.

Tomme from Savoie, Brie from Meaux.

 

Serving:

La Côte aux Enfants 2012 is a wine destined to connoisseurs looking for Champagne appellation specialities. This wine is surprisingly concentrated and powerful. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, La Côte aux Enfants 2012 is best served at 16°C.

 
You can enjoy La Côte aux Enfants 2012 within the next five years in order to fully appreciate the expression of its fruit, or choose to age it in your cellar and enjoy different tasting sensations.

 

Grape Variety:

100% Pinot Noir Grand cru of Aÿ

Wine 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).

 

Production:

Ageing for 8 months in small, recent oak barrels. Limited yields, between 6,000 and 8,000kg per hectare. Limited production, reserved for the finest vintages

Enhances the blend of La Grande Année, added in very small proportions (5-7%) to produce La Grande Année Rosé.

ABV - 11.5%

 

Background Information:

The 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.

 

La 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.

 

The 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.

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