Pol Roger Champagne Blend Champagne Selection Brut 2000
Brut Vintage 1999 Cepage: 60% Pinot Noir - 40% Chardonnay Dosage: 10.5 g/l Vintage champagne is by definition the wine of a single year and it must rely on the success of that harvest alone. Vintage champagne is therefore produced only when all the necessary components of climate, grape quality and ripeness at harvest come together for the winemaker to produce a wine of optimum intensity, structure and balance. The growing season of 1999 was marked by exceptional warmth and rain, with some heavy hail in May which devastated the vines in some communes. Growth was vigorous, necessitating some green pruning. The grapes were in good condition at harvest time which opened on 19th September and closed 1st October. Fortunately the heavy rain which fell at times during this period did not spoil a record harvest (19,000 kg/ha) with a good maturity (9.9% vol). Made in limited quantity, the 1999 Brut Vintage follows the traditional Pol Roger formula of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from up to 20 Grand and Premier Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims, the Grand Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. The musts underwent 2 cold settlings before fermentation in stainless steel to preserve the fruit characteristics of the wine. The wine was then blended and transferred to bottle for its second fermentation and aging in the cellars. Intense gold with persistent fine mousse. The nose opens with floral rose notes and warms to toasted brioche. The mouth is full and fresh with spicy floral notes (wallflower or nasturtium), underpinned with candied yellow fruit. The finish is long and dry. This is a classy mid-term vintage from Pol Roger that will continue to improve for at least 5 years in bottle and in magnum for 10-12 years. Typically this has the power to match fine dining and would work well with lobster or other crustaceans as well as rich or pungent or spicy dishes.
Pol Roger made his first sale of wine in January 1849. Family circumstances forced him to set a business. As early as 1855. Pol began to favour a production od Brut Campagne.
Is there anything more festive than a glass of Champagne during the holidays? Don't save it just for New Year's Eve: Enjoy bubbles with your holiday dinner and other meals, starting with a toast to friends and family around the table, and then pairing it with turkey, goose, or ham. This Champagne is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, so it has the full-bodied heft to pair well with all the robust flavors of the classic turkey dinner. I love this bubbly in particular, not just for its toasty notes of green apples and peaches, but also for its dressy white foil, which reminds me of snowy evenings and pristine concert dresses.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Pol Roger Champagne Blend Champagne Selection Brut
A nose of white flowers, apple and a trace of minerality. The palate: notes of stone fruits, nuts and a hint of honey.
Epernay, Champagne, FrancePol Roger, one of a few luxury Champagne firms still family-owned, was established in Epernay in 1849. Pol Roger owns 200 acres of vineyards, which provide about 45% of their needs. Pol Roger's cellars extend over four miles of winding chalk passageways on two levels. The second or deeper cellar maintains a constant 9.5 C (50 F), one degree lower than the first level and most others in the region. This lower temperature slows the second fermentation, encouraging a finer mousse or bubbles. Pol Roger Champagne also spends two to three times the allowable minimum in the cellar before disgorgement, or about three years for the non-vintage and up to seven for the luxury cuvees. The long, slow maturation contributes greatly to the complex aromas, which distinguish these superb Champagnes. Pol Roger Champagne Brut Reserve is a sparkling wine gem made from 33% Pinot Meunier, 33% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay. The Brut Non Vintage blend is traditionally composed from about 30 to 35 still base wines, drawn from different vineyard sites, grape varieties and vintage years. It usually contains wines of at least two vintages, often three or four. Reserve wines compose between 20-30% of the traditional blend. The Brut NV is never sold until the youngest component is at least three years old, which gives it more character and body. After clarification of the must at 46 F (a process unique to Pol Roger) the first fermentation is carried out in neutral vessels under closely controlled temperature so as to retain as much fresh fruit character and aroma as possible. Dosage averages a low 1.25%. Pol Roger Champagne Brut Reserve is pale gold with a very fine bead. It has a flowery, delicately toasty aroma with fruit and complexity. The wine is creamy and beautifully balanced with a dry, harmonious finish. Enjoy with all kinds of food or simply to celebrate one of lifes special moments.
Delicate and fresh, with lots of apple and dough flavors and crisp acidity. Very long and flavorful on the finish. 9,300 cases made.
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