2007 brought the release of two extensions to the Pol Roger line up; Pure and Rich.
Vinification Pure Brut is a zero dosage Champagne made with equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier and aged for 3 years in cellar prior to release.
This "pure" expression of terroir and house style results in a wine of raging acidity, clean racy fruit and firm structure. Simply prepared seafood dishes are a natural for this wines driving acidity.
"The golden color, dense and brilliant, is shot through with thousands of bubbles.
The fresh and lively nose expresses a fine, complex register of cloves and roses, developing into hints of bread crumbs, yeast and citrus fruit.
In the mouth, the attack is fine and straight as an arrow, surprising after the mature, concentrated nose. This firm texture acts like a carving, resulting in a sumptuous wine that is fine and well-structured. The aromas of honey and clove come through with subtlety, giving the wine extra depth and contributing to its good length." -Laurent D'Harcourt
"A newer wine from a historic producer that captures the snap of freshness and dryness that an Extra-Brut wine can deliver. With oysters, its magnificent."
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
"Pol Roger's brightly colored, white-golden NV Pure Extra Brut is an undosed blend of equal parts of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier that has been aged four years on the lees. This excellent sparkling wine offers a pure, fresh, precise and yeasty bouquet of white fruits intertwined with lemon aromas, some notes of freshly baked rye bread and very subtle smoky flavors (although the wine has never seen any oak). The mousse is as fine and delicate as you can expect from a Pol Roger, and so is the complexity and refined elegance of this Champagne; it is is truly dry, straight and fresh, but also intense, firmly structured and reveals a nice iodine flavor in the long finish. This wine is as subtle as it is complex, and you should give it a second chance if you tend to underrate the first sip. The finish is really remarkable in its tightness, length and purity. Try it with shellfish!"
Score: 88 PointsDecanter Author: Richard Juhlin
"Straw lemon color then a nose of summer pudding and sour honey. The palate marries white chocolate, generous green fruit and a hint of spice."
Score: 91 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
" Light yellow-gold. Aromas of candied lime, green apple and jasmine expand with aeration, picking up notes of tarragon, ginger and fresh fig. Dry, tightly wound citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by a chalky mineral quality that gains strength on the back half. Finishes dry but broad and fleshy, leaving a gentle floral note behind."
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Lightly creamy and floral, this vibrant Champagne carries hints of biscuit, lemon parfait, smoke and black currant on the refined mousse. Shows lovely balance, and a lasting, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2020."
Score: 90 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
"(made from one-third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, with no dosage; L12791848J): Pale gold. Minerals, lemon rind, green apple and white pepper aromas show very good clarity. Racy, somewhat austere and sharply focused, with vibrant citrus fruit flavors leavened by subtle lees and smoke notes. Finishes tight and long, with nervy acidity and lingering spiciness. "
Score: 90 PointsBurghound Author: Allen Meadows
"A wonderfully elegant very pretty nose of citrus, brioche and floral nuances gives way to robust flavors that possess a borderline aggressive effervescence. There is a real sense of vibrancy here that is enhanced by the clean, crisp and lightly citrus-infused finish that displays just a hint of bitterness that good Champagne sometimes does."
Score: 91 PointsSnooth Editorials Author: Gregory Dal Piaz
"Lots of yeast on the nose is followed by a real rush of dried lemon and orange peels, over a deep base of toasty brioche and crisp apple fruit. Soft and rich in the mouth, this is dry with steely apple flavors and a nice hint of chalk, with some light spice tones accenting the fruit. This has a super fine mousse, doing a great job of combining depth of flavor with elegance and delicacy. Dry and tense, this is a lovely choice for caviar."
Score: 91 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
"Pale gold. Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of lemon, orange and green apple, with intense spice and jasmine qualities adding complexity. Racy and sharply focused on the palate, offering vibrant citrus fruit flavors and deeper honey and lees nuances on the back half. Finishes dry and lucid, with the floral and mineral notes echoing. This cuvee received no dosage."
Score: 92 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"This is Pol Roger's absolutely bone-dry Champagne. It is an exhilarating wine, pure by name and by its crisp citrus fruit and tight texture. It does have some of the typical weight of Pol Roger Champagnes, but with an edge. Let it breath in the glass for a few moments, which will bring out some extra richness."
Score: 90 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
"A dry, austere style with fine bubbles, this shows some oxidative notes in its flavors of apples and pears. The emphasis is on mineral earthiness."
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The NV Brut Nature Extra Cuvee de Reserve Pure is an attractive, mid-weight Champagne with excellent delineation, fine overall balance and a round, pleasing finish."
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Online Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Dry, featuring ample flesh and yeasty bread dough flavors, as well as an underlying citrus and green apple edge. This is austere on the finish, with a hint of chalk."
"Pol Roger's non-dos is made from a different selection of base wines than the regular non-vintage brut, showing greater personality and depth of flavor."
Imagine putting a pit bull on a leash into your mouth - & liking it.
It seems the more someone gets into wine, the more that person craves acid. I know Ive tasted acidic wines ranging from Riesling to Gruner Veltliner & back again but I dont think Ive ever put anything as close to pure battery acid in my gaping maw & enjoyed it like this Pol Roger Pure Brut. Holy tooth enamel stripper, Ive never had anything quite like this in my mouth before!
Like many Champagnes, this is a classic blend of 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir & 33% Pinot Meunier. Many Brut Champagnes receive a dose of sugar while in the cellar. It serves to round out the flavor. But some, like this Pure Brut example receive no such dosage. The lack of sugar lays this Champagne bare for all to see.
If pure, restrained power turns you on, this Pol Roger Pure Brut is the Champagne for you.
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