Coteaux Champenois AOC is produced on part of the Champagne vineyards, spread over 9 sub-regions (Ambonnay, Ay, Bouzy, Cumieres, Mailly, Oeuilly le Riceys, Sillery and Verzy). This denomination is the least known of Champagne, with much smaller productions that make wines rarer, its soils are mainly composed of chalky limestone which produce fine and elegant wines. The Coteaux Champenois ages for two years in oak barrels. It is composed of a blend of the same Champagne grapes (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay). These wines are fine in the mouth and red raspberry, lively and fresh. The grapes used are the same for Champagne wines, the result is very interesting. The Coteaux Champenois red wine has a light garnet-colored “dress”. The nose opens with notes of black fruits such as blueberries, black currant and blackberry cherry and an intense floral. Fruity with balsamic and aromatic elements, such as cocoa and sweet spices. On the palate it has a marked freshness and gentle tannins with a persistence that always maintains an elegant and never opulent profile.
Champagne country originally owed its fame to its red wines. Favourites of King Henri IV, the Pinot Noirs from the town of Aÿ were the most popular wines of the French court. La Côte aux Enfants comes from a steep plot just outside Aÿ. Jacques Bollinger himself reconstituted it patiently, at the beginning of the 20th century, from over 50 differently owned plots! Today, Bollinger owns all four hectares of the legendary plot. Since 2009, all vines grown there are organically farmed.
Production: 100% Pinot Noir from “La Côte aux Enfants” in Aÿ. One third of the harvest is vinified in whole clusters. A very small production dedicated to the greatest vintages. Vinification in the traditional Burgundy style. Aged for eight months in small old oak barrels. Produced from a single plot of 4 hectares.
To the eye: A warm garnet colour.
To the nose: Spicy notes with intense aromas of elderflower, black cherry and blueberry.
On the palate: Liquorice and black fruit flavours, rounded out by a great tannic structure.
Food pairings: Veal in red wine sauce. Filet of beef with shallots and a red wine sauce. Poultry and duck.
Our advice: La Côte aux Enfants 2015 is a wine destined for connoisseurs seeking out an unexpected wine from the Champagne region. This wine is surprisingly concentrated and powerful. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, we recommend serving La Côte aux Enfants 2015 at 16°C. La Côte aux Enfants 2015 has a great ageing potential.
History: The Champagne area originally owed its fame to its red wines. A favorite of King Henri IV, the Pinot Noirs from the town of Aÿ were the most popular wines of the French court. La Côte aux Enfants comes from a slope just outside Aÿ. Jacques Bollinger himself reconstituted it patiently, at the beginning of the 20th century, from over 50 differently owned plots! Today, Bollinger owns all four hectares of the legendary and iconic plot.