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Bollinger : La Côte aux Enfants 2014
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Bollinger : La Côte aux Enfants 2014

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Bollinger : La Côte aux Enfants 2014

The structure and aromatic richness of a fine red wine from Champagne

The producer

Nicknamed “Boll” by those from Champagne or “Bolly” by the English, the timeless and legendary Bollinger Champagne House forms part of a small circle of three great Champagne houses. Bollinger champagne’s style is defined through its remarkable precision, which is brought to every moment of production. With a respect for tradition, riddling done by hand, natural corks for magnum reserve bottles and the last permanent cooper in the region, excellence has symbolised Bollinger champagne culture since its creation in Aÿ. More than just an art, it is a heritage.

The vineyard

The Bollinger Champagne House stands out for its 174 hectares spread out through seven main vineyards, 85% of which are Grand and Premier Crus, allowing the house to be one of the few which produces its own grapes for its blends. The house’s signature grape variety, Pinot Noir, represents 60% of the vineyard’s total grape varieties.

The wine

Among the most prestigious Champagne houses, Bollinger successfully stands out due its very high-end vintage champagnes and produces exceptional Grand Crus still red wines from the Côteaux Champenois appellation, stemming from the mythical parcel of Aÿ: La Côte aux Enfants.

This 4-hectare parcel was once divided between fifty or so owners and was meticulously assembled by Joseph Bollinger in the early 19th century. Nicknamed the "Romanée-Conti of the Champagne region", the vineyard, which has been worked using organic practices since 2009, produces a very great Pinot Noir grapes, which makes up this secret wine, produced only in the best vintages.

Vinification and ageing

Bollinger's Côte aux Enfants 2014 is vinified in the Burgundy style and then aged in small oak barrels.

The blend

Pinot Noir (100%).

La Côte aux Enfants 2014 by Bollinger: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting

Bollinger's Côte aux Enfants 2014 offers an alluringly delicate and complex along with a powerful palate that blends fine tannins with a beautiful concentration.

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Bollinger : La Côte aux Enfants 2014
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
From a single Grand Cru plot of four hectares in Ay, Bollinger's 2014 La Côte aux Enfants displays a medium-intense purple-ruby color and a clear, delicate, purely fruity bouquet of dark cherries and just-ripe black berries. After a while in the glass, aromas of red berries, dark spices, toast and some floral notes also appear on the bouquet. Medium-bodied, fresh and very elegant on the palate, it is provided with a silky texture and clear, aromatic cherry and dark berry fruit, with a stunningly intense and powerful finish. With 12% alcohol and 100% Pinot Noir, this is a filigreed red Coteaux Champenois that is fabulous in its lightness, purity and elegance. Aged for eight months in small oak barrels, this is a very charming yet still young Pinot Noir with fresh and peppery basil flavors in the aftertaste. The 2014 should have very good aging potential and will most likely gain more open and sweet fruit over the years in the bottle. If you choose to enjoy the wine today, please let it breath for several hours. Tasted May 2018.
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