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: 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."
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Fresh and open-knit, this chalky Champagne offers lively notes of green apple and crunch white peach fruit, spring blossom, biscuit and candied lemon zest. Drink now through 2018."
"Like still wines, Champagne can range from light-bodied and delicate to full bodied and rich, and from bone dry to quite sweet, but a good balance of fruit and acidity is the mark of a fine choice. Typically, smaller bubbles are sought after in sparkling wines (read: the smaller the better). Tiny bubbles will result in a softer, more elegant drinking experience. The medium bodied Pol Roger Brut Reserve White Foil ($50, available at liquor stores) has crisp apple flavors and a lush, satisfying finish."
"In a class by itself when it comes to non-vintage Champagnes. Contains older wines than most, which accounts for its aristocratic poise and elegance."
"Very fresh, crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied with tiny, delicate bubbles and a long, dry finish. I'm serving this at my Christmas party."
Score: 92 PointsSnooth Editorials Author: Gregory Dal Piaz
"Complex on the nose with layers of blanched and raw nuts, white mushroom, grass, pineapple, lime and almond nougat with a hint of flintiness. A little sweet one entry, this is rich and creamy with a lovely lushness to it and early apricot fruit. The acidity pops on the back end, bringing the pineapple and lemon fruit flavors to the fore. The finish is subtle and long, spicy with a tangy minerality. I like this very much."
"If you want to get all royal about it, William and Kate served Pol Roger NV Brut Rserve ($50) at their wedding (it's one of six Champagnes that have a Royal Warrant). Wonder if they'll pop some more when the royal tyke arrives!"
"Pol Roger is everything I look for in a bottle of non-vintage fizz. Its light and fresh while still offering real substance. There are pretty floral elements, and its not so acidicly dry that it makes your mouth pucker, as do many NV champagnes.
In fact, it is the perfect aperitif champagne, and worked especially well with the canaps of smoked salmon, sour cream and caviar. A great way to kick of a party!"
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