Pol Roger only produces the Brut Rosé in vintage years. The wine is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay vinified blanc from 20 1er and Grand Crus in the Montagne de Reims and Cote des Blancs regions. The remaining 15% is Pinot Noir that has been vinified "en rouge" and then added to the final blend prior to the second fermentation.
Vinification: The unblended juice undergoes primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a cool 43°f. Each variety, village and vineyard are always fermented and cellared separately until final blending. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle deep in the cellars of Pol Roger, where it is kept until final blending.
The Vintage Brut is typically a delicate rosé, soft pink in color and driven by red fruit.
The symbol of almost ‘palpable’ refinement, Pol Roger’s Brut Rosé 1995 offers an immediate appeal with its magnificent, deep, radiant, crystal-clear salmon-pink color, and its light, lively effervescence, a sign of elegance and distinction. Very pure, delicate and engaging, its nose is a veritable hymn to exquisite, tender, fruity fragrances of the highest order (wild strawberries, raspberry coulis, flesh of Morello cherries). A swirl of the glass will release rich and delicious aromas (black cherry calfoutis, fruit jellies, bitter orange marmalade), which are joined by seductive empyreumatic (lightly toasted brioche), spicy (liquorice) and woody (rancio) scents. The finish is generous, original and rewarding. The first taste promises all the joy of an emotive tasting experience. The delicious fruitiness of the nose develops into a silky, jam-like texture on the palate while diffuse spicy fragrances (vanilla and caramel) charm the taste buds that are further aroused by a cascade of vagrant, mischievous bubbles. The clean, fresh and very pleasant finish resembles an endless string of fruity, slightly kirsch-like notes. More suited to a tender, romantic dinner for two than a wild party, Pol Roger’s Brut Rosé is a supreme aperitif and is excellent with seafood, salmon, poultry and fruits of the forest desserts. But it needs two to three more years before it will be a perfect match for pink meats (farm-raised veal, suckling lamb) and three to five years before it can marry satisfactorily with small game birds. Owing to the characteristics it has inherited from the year of its vintage, Pol Roger’s Brut Rosé 1995 is not suited to laying down for any significant length of time. It will be at its most charming and seductive while still in its youth (now to 2006).
"Ros is in many ways a paradox, balancing the complexity that comes from aging the wines with the freshness that makes Champagne unique. My picks [include] Pol Roger Brut Ros 1995 ($63)." -- Anthony Giglio
"The pale salmon-colored 1995 Pol Roger Brut Rosé offers up gobs of vivid pinot fruit and has a pure lengthy finish. (No wonder this was Winston Churchill's favorite Champagne house.)" -- Anthony Dias Blue
"Pale salmon color, elegant, and balanced, with spicy cherry and pinor noir flavors."
"As you enter the holidays, this rosé Champagne offers a romantic or spirited celebration option. It was a full-bodied sparkling wine that was very fruity compared to other rosé Champagnes." -- Frank Sutherland
If June's bride and groom are wine lovers, here's the Champagne for them. Beautiful light amber color, a stunning nose, complex and refined flavors and a wonderful finish. Oh my, this could be the best Champagne I've tasted in the past year or so. Great with seafood, Asian cuisine and toast -- a wedding toast
. . . Our other runner-up was a beautiful salmon color, with plenty of fruit and complex flavors. It was generous with its tastes, not at all shy. "It's a Valentine. It's a hug." Dottie said. Wendy straight-away called it "frisky," which, when you think about it, is a wonderful word to associate with Valentine's Day. We all felt it might be the most romantic wine on the table. This was Pol Roger 1995. . . The Dow Jones Rose Champagne Index:Pol Roger Brut Rose 1995 - Very Good/Delicious - Best Value (tie) Lovely, with great balance and a perfect color. More giving than some and quite romantic.
TASTING PANEL REPORTFor true 'pink Champagne', look for the lively Pol Roger 1995 Brut Rose . . . ---Anthony Dias Blue
Score: 93 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Other
The clean and musky scent of this wine gives it a wild-eyed power, even as the finish is understated, stony, capturing the breadth of the aromas and lengthening them into a quiet moment of finesse. The firm frisk of raspberry confit pales to a woodland scent of white mushroom, predicting the direction the wine's flavors will take as they evolve.
Pol Roger remains a top Champagne house, as these 1995 bottlings each reveal. . . The Rose is finer still, a wine of excellent flavor and balance, with a crisp, long finish. It tastes of plum, orasted nut, citrus fruit, and baked bread.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Other
A cornucopia of cherry, grain, mineral and smoke aromas and flavors matched to a medium-bodied, tightly woven structure. I like the balance and harmony here. Drink now through 2005.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Other
Rich and fleshy, this '95 rose has a chewy quality to its texture as it unfolds flavors of black cherry, brioche and coffee. Vibrant acidity keeps it all focused. Drink now through 2002.
Score: 88 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Other
Pale coral-pink. Fruit-driven aromas of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, toast and earth. Rich, concentrated red fruit flavors enlivened by harmonious acidity. Not especially nuanced, but nicely balanced. 88 points
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