It is common knowledge that the true quality of a Champagne house is best judged by the consistency and quality of their non-vintage wine. This is where the true "house style" is defined and executed year in/ year out. Pol Roger is a firm believer in this philosophy and takes extreme pride in their "White Foil" Brut.
Terroir: The "White Foil" is sourced from top quality vineyards in Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir), Vallee de al Marne and Petite Valle d'Epernay (Pinot Meunier) and the Cote des Blancs (Chardonnay).
Vinification Pol Roger "White Foil" is traditionally a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir (body and depth), Pinot Meunier (freshness and vigorous fruit) and Chardonnay (elegance and finesse) and is sourced exclusively from juice from the "cuvee" (first pressing). The still wines are fermented in stainless steel at a cool 45°f to retain freshness. Each final blend contains a minimum of two vintages with the youngest components being a minimum of three years old. Average dosage for the "White Label" is 8g per liter.
Pale gold with a very fine bead; flowery, delicately toasty aroma with fruit and complexity; creamy, beautifully balanced with a dry, harmonious finish.
Score: 90 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
(33% chardonnay, 33% pinot noir, 33% pinot meunier, SRP $50, 12 g/L). There is plenty of citrus character present on the green apple, floral and discreet spice wisps. There is good verve to the delicious and relatively rich medium weight flavors that are shaped by a moderately firm if not especially refined mousse, all wrapped in a clean, dry and notably complex finish that is definitely drier than the stated level of dosage would suggest.
Every journey needs a good send-off, so begin with Champagne. Its the ursparkling wine, the one after which all others are modeled. For a benchmark, open the NV Pol Roger Brut Rserve White Foil, a brioche-scented bubbly from one of the last major houses thats still family owned.
Yeasty nutty aroma with a touch of honeyed pear; clean and crisp with lively mousse and bright lemon and toasty brioche flavors.
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
This is a well-balanced, ripe wine in the producers rich house style. A brighter, more mineral crispness and acidity also come through strongly in this bottling. The aftertaste brings together a mineral texture and full yellow and apple fruits. Drink now
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
An elegant Champagne, with a smoky, minerally underpinning and subtle flavors of poached pear, toast, candied lemon zest and ginger riding the finely detailed bead. Harmonious, and hard to stop sipping. Drink now through 2020.
Score: 93 PointsDecanter Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Magnum: Freshness, intensity and spicy complexity into its second life.
Score: 90 PointsDecanter Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
750ml: Mid-weight classic, always among the best. Light on its feet with hawthorn and hazelnut scents and a peachy palate.
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
"Straw yellow and with a golden hue in color, the Pol Roger NV Rserve Brut displays a brilliant, perfectly ripe but also fresh, highly elegant and refined fruit aroma on the nose; think of cooked pip fruits like pears and apples, but also quince-confiture and yellow stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches intermixed with vanilla, brioche (pain aux raisins), some nutty flavors and also some white floral notes. On the palate, this medium-bodied Brut is as round (if not pretty sweet) and fruit-driven as it is delicate, pure and very elegant. The mousse is deliciously fine and leads this charming and perfectly balanced fizz to a long, aromatic, stunningly dry and slightly mineral, impressively long finish. This is extremely well done Champagne from equal parts of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay sourced in 30 different crus. This Rserve includes 25% of reserve wines and was dosed with nine grams per liter."
"Not only was Pol Roger Winston Churchill's favorite, it's the perfect combination of rich, nutty taste and crisp acidity".
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Kumquat, melon and anise notes are layered with toast, smoke and golden raisin flavors in this firm, minerally Champagne, complemented by a fine, creamy mousse."
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
" Pale yellow. Toasty melon and white peach on the nose, with orange zest and dusty minerals emerging with air. Lively, mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit flavors show good palate-coating intensity without any excess weight. The clinging finish displays a subtle floral quality and repeating orange and melon notes."
"The $40-$50 range is an interesting (read: annoying) one for Champagne. Some are major hits, but many are huge misses. For a solid bet, look to the Pol Roger Brut. This top-notch Champagne is mostly Chardonnay and has a clean, fresh style with a delicate acidity thats a guaranteed crowd-pleaser."
"Strong boned, with lively acidity from the get go. Mouthcoating, serious; softish feel backed by intensity. Yellow fruit, with a fresh herb/peach pit tang."
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"Full and ripe, this offers balance between rich white fruits and a smooth texture that is cut with acidity. The wine is in great harmony with itself, ready to drink while also allowing the possibility of bottle aging."
"In its role as a wine, Champagne is remarkably versatile, wonderful with an astonishingly wide array of foods. It can be great with sushi and seafood in many guises. But its also terrific with foods that might be considered too dclass, like popcorn, fried chicken and even pizza."