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2002 Champagne Pol Roger, Brut

Champagne Pol Roger, Brut
Floral nose. Bready notes and very attractive. Pretty full bodied - this would be a wine to serve with food.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com & on FT.com - Top holiday wines - 30 Nov  2013 

Champagne Pol Roger, Brut
It should come as no surprise that Pol Roger have delayed the release of their 2002 Vintage Champagne until 2012, in defiance of all commercial logic and the dictates of cash-flow. The reason is simple; 2002 is the best vintage in Champagne since 1990, a vintage which has not been equalled since and a vintage where the rewards of patience are and will continue to be very fine indeed. The wine was aged for nine years in Pol Roger’s famously deep cellars, kept at a constant 9 degrees, the perfect natural ambiance for gentle autolytic ageing and the nurturing of an exemplary equilibrium and a very fine and persistent mousse.
And as with all great things, fools rush in and the winemakers at Pol Roger, needless to say, are far from foolish. Indeed Cellar master Dominique Petit, formerly of Krug, is regarded as one of the greatest winemakers in the region and he knew from the out-set that the wine would need an unusually long cellaring before release. This, to borrow a phrase from another friend of Pol Roger, is his finest hour, thus far… The blend is a traditional one of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; after the double-débourbage (cold-settling) the first fermentation is in stainless steel, kept relatively cool. A full malolactic fermentation ensues, followed by the second fermentation in bottle and then the lengthy slumber beneath Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. The bottles are hand – tuned by remueurs, the prestidigitatory efforts of whom ensure the completion of  yeast autolysis and ensure a blameless richness and length on the palate.
Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer - June 2013Pol Roger

Champagne Pol Roger, Brut
Product: 11737
Maturity: Ready, but will keep
Vintage: 2002
Origin: France » Champagne » Brut Champagne Map of the region
Producer: Pol Roger
Grape Variety: Champagne Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Brut, 12.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Superb As good as the vintage reputation but still a bit tight in my view. If you can stand the wait I would leave it a little while longer in the cellar 14 January 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by a little more time... It's lemony and somewhat buscuity but also extremely elegant and sophisticated and well above run of the mill supermarket vintage champagne efforts. Personally I think it needs just a little more time sleeping and it will then be quite the star! 30 August 2014
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