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.
An intense golden pink color, the powerful, concentrated nose shows ripe wild strawberry and raspberry. The wine has a lively, refreshing and light character on the palate, with dried apricot and mint notes. A lifting acidity precedes a long finish, which bodes well for the wine's aging ability and its facility to pair with food.
Pol Roger, founded in Epernay in 1849, is unusual for a major Champagne house in that it makes a substantial amount of its winealmost 45 percentfrom its estate vineyards. Its also unusual in that it remains family-owned (most of the big brands are owned by giant corporations). Its hard to say whether that contributes to the quality of Pol Rogers wines, but as this pink-gold, wild berryscented ros shows, the bar is set very high.
Bouquet of toast, roses, and apricot. Very dry and round with a solid tannic backbone. Outgoing Champagne with elegant beads. Smoked fish; caviar.
Winston Churchill famously said, Never, never, never give up, and though he wasnt referring to drinking, it is true that ol Winston enjoyed champagne til the moment he drew his final breath. The British prime ministers favorite producer was Pol Roger. After youve tried its 99 Vintage Brut Ros ($90) it may be yours as well.
Score: 88 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
Clean, clear red currant flavors give this wine a gentle fruitiness. Chill it for fresh strawberries and the finals at Wimbledon.
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine News Author: Other
Burnished copper hue. Dusty and doughy with ripe orange and cranberry aromas. Rich strawberry flavors with a note of chalkiness. This is a wine with heft as well as depth of fruit, finishing on a generous sweet note.
Bouquet of toast, roses, and apricot. Very dry and round with a solid tannic backbone. Outgoing Champagne with elegant beads. Smoked fish, caviar.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
Candied berry and lemon meringue aromas and flavors highlight this lively ros. Shows good intensity and harmony, while the berry notes linger on the finish. A delicate style with a spicy aftertaste. Drink now through 2015.
Score: 95 PointsThe Wine News Author: Lyn Farmer
In addition to streamlining its packaging to better fit in the contemporary marketplace, a major initiative undertaken at Pol Roger by managing director Patrice Noyelle was the modernization of its cellars in pernay. Pol Roger has some of the deepest and coldest caves in Champagne and the house believes that low temperature, colder than most others by several degrees, coupled with long ageing, gives its wines smaller bubbles and a creamier texture. Part of the cellar modernization was the addition of more stainless steel tanks for aging the vin claire, or still wines, prior to blending.I already detect the results in Pol Rogers exceptional Vintage Ros; keeping the wines in stainless steel preserves a vibrant fruitiness, and then seven years ageing in the cold cellars develops an exceptional texture that results in one of Champagnes consistently great ross.The 1999 has an intense, vibrant rose gold color. A lovely red fruit quality is clearly evident on the nosea touch of fraise de bois or wild strawberry and hints of raspberry along with bright red apple. In the mouth, the red berries recede a bit and give way to the red apple and a hint of yellow stone fruit. I love the exceptional balance of this wine; its very clean and elegant on the palate and lingers on a long finish.
From Winston Churchills pet house comes a three-dimensional ros. Toasty and fat with fruit, this is a hedonistic wine.
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
Light pink. Initially quite tight on the nose, but showed nervy redcurrant and spiced pear and a firm mineral overlay with air. Brisk and vibrant, with good depth to the zesty red berry flavors and a gentle note of floral honey on the back end. This tightens up again on the finish, which is a bit shut down right now.
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