A fabulous vintage from Pol Roger. Tight and restrained at the moment, but with lots of autolytic notes, this is almost perfectly seamless, with tremendous length. The flavours just grow and grow as you hold it in the mouth showing tremendous promise. Cellar this wine and drink it from 2014 and for a decade thereafter.
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(Produced from 20 grand and premier cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs, 40% chardonnay, 60% pinot noir, aged 9 years in the cellars before being released). This is beginning to display the initial hints of maturity with a hint of reduction to the otherwise pretty notes of baked bread, lemon rind and green apple. There is excellent complexity to the reserved and moderately austere finish that is not quite bone dry but it’s close to it. This is a very classy but aloof effort that will most please those who enjoy a certain restraint and understatement to their bubbles. As the description would suggest this could be enjoyed now or held for a few more years first. now+
92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com
Pol Roger’s 2002 Brut Extra Cuvee de Reserve is rich, creamy and seductive. An expressive, layered wine, the 2002 impresses for its overall harmony and balance. Light floral honey, mint, tangerine, cinnamon and dried pears are all woven together in this gracious, impeccable Champagne. This is a fairly reserved style for the year, but it works. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022
93/100 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com
Really rather nervy nose for a Pol Roger. Some minerals and drier than some Pol Roger bottlings. Very obvious quality. Superbly clean, fresh, dense. Neat. Very impressive. Body and nerve. Dry finish.
18.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
The Pol Roger 2002 is sitting in a very attractive place at the moment. The nose bursts from the glass and welcomes you in with fresh dew-speckled Granny Smith apples, Alpine streams and citrus lemon. The palate is nicely focused - bright and refulgent with a delightful, oyster-shell tinged finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Tasted November 2012.
92/100 Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com
How can you fail to be wowed by this stunning wine, from a stunning vintage and in tip-top condition? There's a fine-tuned floral perkiness to lift the house-style toastiness on the nose. The freshness is key to the palate's appeal, and shows a lightness of touch with the fine bubbles and yet a density of toastiness that renders the wine glossy yet somehow modest too. This will keep going for another 10 years at the very least.
Mere words are not going to be able to express how I feel about this perfect, discreet, elegant champagne from the extremely good 2002 vintage. It seemed to stop a crowded room moving around me each time I have tasted it. I can feel the clichés descending: it’s Grace Kelly, an Aston Martin – oh look, champagnes this good don’t come along often
Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph
Pol Roger: Full Wine List and Profile
Champagne Pol Roger is one of the very few remaining houses still owned and run by the founding family, who remain responsible for the winemaking and selection of the cuvées each year. Originally founded in Aÿ in 1849 by Pol Roger, the firm then moved to Épernay in 1851. The First World War had a huge impact on the firm, putting any expansion plans to rest, and Prohibition in America made exports much more difficult. During the Second World War when the Germans occupied France, all production and buying of Champagne was controlled by the Wehrmacht. However, the War caused Winston Churchill to become a prominent figurehead throughout the world, and his love of Pol Roger was widely known. So much so that the House created their special Cuvée Winston Churchill in 1975.
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