La Côte aux Enfants 2014
A stunning and extremely rare, still red wine produced only for the greatest vintages. This wine harmoniously combines 100% Pinot Noir Grand Cru fruit from an exceptional vineyard with traditional Burgundian style winemaking. Historically, Pinot Noirs from Aÿ were the most popular wines of the French court, specifically a favorite of King Henri IV, and La Côte aux Enfants comes from a steep plot just outside of the village. This wine is the purest expression of Pinot Noir, offering a fine, delicate texture in the mouth, and a tautness giving it a beautifully long finish.
This exquisite wine is 100% Pinot Noir Grand Cru from Aÿ. Beginning in the early 20th century, Bollinger started to acquire more than 50 differently owned plots and now owns all four hectares of this legendary vineyard. Since 2009, all vines grown there are farmed organically.
La Côte aux Enfants harmoniously combines Grand Cru fruit from an exceptional vineyard with traditional Burgundian style winemaking for a pure expression of Pinot Noir. Before bottling, the wine is aged 8 months in small oak barrels.
The 2014 vintage of this single vineyard expression shows great aging potential. A dry September protected the crop from a cooler, wet August. The harvest yielded fruit with rich, concentrated flavors and structure.
The distinctive terroir characteristics are clearly present and its bouquet of bright fruit is complemented by spicy, woody notes. The fruitiness bursts forth, giving way to a rich mouth feel with a beautiful tannic structure and a tautness giving it a beautifully long finish with a final note of cherry and kirsch.
This wine is surprisingly concentrated and powerful. It will go particularly well with veal, beef filet and red wine sauce, or even a rich duck.
Since 2009, all vines grown on this vineyard plot are organically farmed.
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Jeb Dunnuck - "All Pinot Noir and bottled as a dry, still wine, the 2014 La Cote Aux Enfants comes from a steep single vineyard just outside of the village of Aÿ and spent eight months in small barrels before bottling. Offering a stunning bouquet of ripe cherry and strawberry fruits, it has classic Burgundian spice and dried flower aromatics, medium-bodied richness, moderate tannins, and a rounded, supple texture that offers nicely integrated acidity. It picks up more sappy, floral notes with time in the glass and is just an ethereal, elegant, complex Coteaux Champenois that will benefit from a year or two of bottle age and keep for a decade."
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