2013 Vintage Brut
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
We tasted this over the airwaves with Pol Roger grandees Hubert de Billy and Laurent d'Harcourt. They were excited to introduce this very 'specific' new Vintage release. We were curious to taste why such excitement for what was famously a difficult year for vignerons. The results are impressive. In stark contrast to the rich and ample 2012, 2013 is rapier-like with its brisk, breezy intensity. Much more tension and drive hits you instantly. An attack taut with crisp, citrus acidity and lively drive. Some white floral notes add another dimension and then with time in the glass more weight is revealed. There are pretty dots of red fruit, small zippy strawberries and the crunch of crisp apple. This is much more in the arena of the 'a la mode' extra brut releases we enjoy so much. But there is a sense this tightly-wound bundle has lots more to come. With time it feels like this will grow. As it broadens it will fill out be wonderfully complete. Made from 20 different village 'crus' across Premier and Grand Cru sites, there is a wonderful feel of texture and neatly complex layers. A bit buttoned-up for now - these come out more as the bottle is open for longer but it will be fascinating to see this in 12-24 months time, at least! Another smart and sensibly priced Vintage Champagne from the wonderful Pol Roger. L&S (Oct 2020)
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The first notion is of citric, bright freshness and almost of green apple. The second and third sniff then bring a richer notion, very subtle but still, of salted buttery shortbread. The palate is wonderfully taut, vivid with tiny, energetic, fine bubbles that speak of drive and tension. There is something bracing, bright and driven here. With more air and more temperature this mellows into the creamy, tart but smooth flesh of Golden Pearmain apples at the heart while that beautifully statuesque tautness and elegance remains. Where 2012 was generous and obvious, 2013 is reticent and calm. Where 2012 was opulent, 2013 is brisk. Where 2012 was the life and soul of the party, 2013 is contemplative, giving us clean-cut, grown-up charm and a whole world of refreshment.Anne Krebiehl MW, The Buyer (Sep 2020)
Champagne Pol Roger
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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