|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier|
The 2009 Pol Roger bears all the hallmarks of this lovely, rich vintage. The fine mousse and generous ripe fruit mean this is already a joy to taste. Perhaps it doesn't quite have the tension, purity and complexity of 2008 or 2002 but it does offer plenty of immediate hedonistic pleasure and will be one to pop open while you wait for the peerless 2008 to mature. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Feb 2018)
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A fullish style with savory aromas of almond cream, nougat and grilled hazelnuts, as well as dried lemon and pastry. The palate is smoothly arranged with layers of savory, lees-fueled pastry flavors. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Aug 2018)
The 2009 Brut Vintage blends 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 grand and premier cru villages in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Fermented in stainless steel with each variety and each village kept separate and malolactic completed, the 2009 aged eight years in the cellars before being hand-riddled and disgorged. Disgorged in October 2017 and tasted in June 2018, the 2009 shows an intense, concentrated, pretty vinous and profound bouquet of ripe fruit, chalk, brioche and nutty/almond notes. Full-bodied and rich but fresh and even refined on the palate, this is a very elegant, round, charming yet well-structured and vinous Vintage Brut with a clear, fresh, structured and remarkably persistent finish. It drinks already very well today, but its aging potential is most probably stunning. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 93 Stephan Reinhart, The Wine Advocate, erobertparker.com(Jun 2018)
The Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009 is instantly appealing with its gorgeous lively effervescence. Fine bubbles sprinkled with silver glints carry a fine persistent stream. The nose, rich and elegant, opens up with delicate aromas of white fruit and apricot. As the wine warms in the glass, it exudes scents of white nectarines and quince jelly mingled with brioche and pastry fragrances. The palate, extremely delicate and subtle, boasts a stunning balance on an opulent and creamy structure evolving towards dried fruit. It is a masterpiece of harmony. Dosage: 7gr/l Winemaker's notes(Feb 2018)
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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