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Bollinger La Cote aux Enfants Coteaux Champenois Rouge 2016

Bollinger La Cote aux Enfants Coteaux Champenois Rouge 2016

Mix 12
£152.00
Mix 6
£154.00
Per Bottle
£158.00
Bollinger La Cote aux Enfants Coteaux Champenois Rouge 2016
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Bollinger La Cote aux Enfants Coteaux Champenois Rouge 2016 Overview

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Champagne Bollinger owns an impressive 178 hectares of vineyards, of which 85% are in Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages. Their land is spread over seven main villages: Aÿ, Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay planted with Pinot Noir; Cuis with Chardonnay; and Champvoisy with Meunier. Bollinger are one of the few Houses to produce the majority of their own grapes for their blends. Pinot Noir represents 60% of the House's vineyards and defines the House style: complex and powerful with remarkable structure. In 2012 Champagne Bollinger was certified High Environment Value (HEV) this certification rewards a number of environmental procedures implemented at the Maison.

Long before we found bubbles in our Champagne, this region was praised for producing excellent red wines. Bollinger’s La Côte aux Enfants cuvée takes us back to these days gone by, but with modern viticulture. La Cote aux Enfants’ is a steep sided 4 hectares vineyard established by Jacques Bollinger between 1926 and 1934. This historic piece of land has two defining features: the south slope, which is vinified as a still red wine, and the north-west slope, which was the previously hidden side of the vineyard used exclusively to splice the blend in La Grande Année Rosé.

Weather: 2016 trialled the growers with many climatic hazards from excessive rainfalls to frosts, downy mildew, hail, draught and, finally, sunburn. A cool spring saw late-April frost, which cut volumes early on. Mildew was an issue throughout the region (especially in the Côte des Bar), equally diminishing volumes. July and August were then hot and very dry months and the resultant sunburn reduced the yields further. Ripening was uneven, and Chardonnay especially needed time and was thus considered the most difficult variety for the vintage.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Aÿ: La Cote aux Enfants
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Fermentation: One third harvested as whole clusters (vendange entière)
Vinification & Ageing: Burgundian vinification, aged for eight months in small oak barrels.
Drink: Now to 2036+

Tasting Note: The pinot noir greets you with aromas of black rose petals and damson, the nose unfolding with an enticing spiciness and muddled forest fruit. Seamlessly balanced, the palate offers up a crunchy core of wild red fruit, flickers of bramble enveloped with subtle spice, framed by a graphite acidity. The texture is mouth-filling, tannins are perfectly aligned - ripe with a gentle grip, and it moves through the gears towards a long and graceful finish.
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