La Côte aux Enfants 2016
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.
2016 was particularly favorable to Pinots Noirs form the Montagne de Reims, thus giving the wine generosity and delicacy.
The distinctive terroir characteristics are clearly present and its bouquet of spicy fruits with intense aromas of elderflower, black cherry and blueberry. The fruitiness bursts forth, giving way to a rich mouth feel with liquorice and black fruit flavors, rounded out by a great tannic structure.
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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