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Pol Roger, Pure, Extra Cuvée de Reserve

Pol Roger, Pure, Extra Cuvee de Reserve
Low or Zero Dosage Champagnes are very modish at the moment, but can be extremely difficult to get right, the region’s historical infatuation with sugar being as a result of climatic obligation rather than any whimsical pursuit of pleasure. So to make a wine with no sugar and to entitle it Pure,is courageous indeed. Pol Roger, it should come as no great surprise to learn, have risen to their own challenge, and have done so with considerable aplomb.

The key seems to be to stick with the winning formula, in terms of grape varieties, namely a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, but to select from specific (perhaps warmer) vineyards and to age for a little longer thereby engendering a natural softening. Spicy, with notes of crushed apple, broiche and peach stones, this is a very successful wine, suitably cerebral, one must surmise, to accompany any lively debate over a plate of 12 (or even possibly) 18 Fine de Claire Oysters.Pol Roger


Pol Roger, Pure, Extra Cuvee de Reserve
If you prefer a little more dryness in your Champagne, this is a very interesting example. Pure is made without any extra sweetening sugar. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, it shows a delicate style with a trace of white fruits and rose petals.
Berry Bros. & Rudd wines featured in The Wall Street Journal by Will Lyons - 9 May 2013

Will Lyons writes a weekly column for The Wall Street Journal. His humorous, informed, down-to-earth writing has been recognized in both the Glenfiddich and Roederer wine writing Awards. He began his career in London, as a wine merchant in St. James’s where he developed a love for the classic wines of Europe. He has written for a variety of publications including The Scotsman, Reader’s Digest, The Spectator and Decanter.

Pol Roger, Pure, Extra Cuvee de Reserve
Product: 5158
Maturity: Drink now
Origin: France » Champagne » Brut Champagne Map of the region
Producer: Pol Roger
Grape Variety: Champagne Blend
Style: Medium Bodied, Brut, 12.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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Rated 4 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very fine but needs to be served carefully This wine ( though Hilaire Belloc famously wrote that Champagne is not a wine) is very elegant, but needs to be served carefully. It must not be shocked by cooling it too violently, or served too cold ; and it must not be served in the usual narrow glasses - all points put forward by the great Champagne Houses, though hardly anyone has taken any notice. This is true of all Champagnes, but it is especially true of a wine without the final dosage. The similar wine from Laurent Perrier is in my view too fragile, and the Pol Roger Pure has a bit more strength Can anyone explain the decline of sherry? Port yes - central heating, but memoires up to say the fifties describe sherry parties... Imagine one today ! And Berry's used to have pages of austere finos 10 September 2013
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