Champagne Pol Roger, Pure, Extra Brut

Champagne Pol Roger, Pure, Extra Brut

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Champagne Pol Roger, Pure, Extra Brut

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Low- or zero-dosage Champagnes are very fashionable at the moment but can be tricky to get right. Pol Roger has risen to the challenge with this bottling, made from a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with longer ageing to soften it. It’s spicy, with notes of crushed apple, brioche and peach stones – perfect with oysters.
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Wine Advocate91/100
Victoria Moore
Will Lyons
Wine Advocate91/100
Disgorged inSeptember 2017, Pol Roger's NV Extra Brut Pure has a terribly clear and refreshing bouquet of white fruit and floral aromas along with very fine brioche tones. On the palate, this undosed Champagne is pure, linear and fresh and reveals a good, tightly structured and persistent finish with stimulating (lemon/grapefruit) bitters. Assembling all three main grape varieties of the region in equal parts, the wine is aged for at least four years on the lees. Tasted June 2018.
Stephan Reinhardt - 29/06/2018 Read more
Victoria Moore
Pol Roger’s white label is always elegant; now it is also glittering. The house has been increasing its vineyard sites in prime areas and is not 50 per cent self-sufficient in grapes. A blend of all three champagne grapes.
Victoria Moore - The Daily Telegraph, Nov 2016 Read more
Will Lyons
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.


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About this WINE

Pol Roger

Pol Roger

Pol Roger is perhaps best known as Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne. The house remains family-owned and has a reputation for producing champagnes of finesse and elegance which age very well. Pol Roger Brut Rèserve Non-Vintage, made from equal parts of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, is consistently one of the very best on the market, largely due to the high proportion of aged reserve wines in the blend.

Pol Roger vintage wines, made from at least 60% Pinot Noir and up to 40% Chardonnay, are soft and fruit-driven in youth but, after ten years or so, develop great complexity and finesse. The Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, launched in 1984 and made from a secret blend, is a Champagne of exquisite finesse and balance and one that rivals the very best of the region.

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Brut Champagne

Brut Champagne

Brut denotes a dry style of Champagne (less than 15 grams per litre). Most Champagne is non-vintage, produced from a blend from different years. The non-vintage blend is always based predominately on wines made from the current harvest, enriched with aged wines (their proportion and age varies by brand) from earlier harvests, which impart an additional level of complexity to the end wine. Champagnes from a single vintage are labelled with the year reference and with the description Millésimé.

Non-vintage Champagnes can improve with short-term ageing (typically two to three years), while vintages can develop over much longer periods (five to 30 years). The most exquisite and often top-priced expression of a house’s style is referred to as Prestige Cuvée. Famous examples include Louis Roederer's Cristal, Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon, and Pol Roger's Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

Recommended Producers : Krug, Billecart Salmon, Pol Roger, Bollinger, Salon, Gosset, Pierre Péters, Ruinart


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Champagne Blend

Champagne Blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.


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