Appellation: Coteaux Champenois A.C.
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 four adjacent hectares of the legendary plot.
- FRA - Champagne
A bottle of the 2002 La Cote aux Enfants, tasted alongside the 2009, confirms the wine’s ability to develop beautifully in bottle. Still young, the 2002 offers up an attractive melange of red berries, flowers, spices and licorice, all framed by clean mineral notes. Some of the baby fat has begun to melt away, leaving a delicate, subtle wine of notable finesse.
Rating 94 - Antonio Galloni, In the Cellar (NOV/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
La Côte aux Enfants is a small plot of land worth less than 1 hectare (2.5 acres) situated in the heart of the Aÿ vineyards (rated 100% Grand Cru). Legend has it, the name of this little plot found its origin in the impressive steepness of the slope, which meant that only children were able to work on it.
Intense ruby colour
Notes of cloves, pepper, truffle, liquorice and chocolate Vanilla, cinnamon and honey aromas Flavours of cherries, kirsch and prunes, floral rose fragrance.
A distinctive red wine. A velvety texture, a subtle balance.
Veal in red wine sauce
Beef filet with shallots and red wine sauce
Poultry and duck
Tomme from Savoie, Brie from Meaux