Pol Roger "White Foil--Extra Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Rich notes of pear pastry, toasted almond, smoke and honey are well-meshed with and balanced by fresh notes of lemon peel, quince and grated ginger, all knit with the finely tuned acidity and creamy mousse.
With its extra touch of richness and a feeling of maturity, this remains a benchmark nonvintage Champagne. It has flavors of ripe white fruits, balancing acidity with just a touch of final softness.
33% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 33% Pinot Meunier, The Brut Réserve blend is traditionally composed from around 30 still base wines, from different vineyard sites. The base wine for this blend is from 2008 with reserve wine from 2007 and 2006. Clarification of the must was at 8°C. The second fermentation took place in cellars beneath Épernay at 9°C. All hand-riddled, the youngest component will have a minimum age of 3 years. Winemakers Pol Roger family members and Cellar Master Dominique Petit. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. TA 6.9 g/l, pH 3.15, RS 9.65 g/l, Dosage 9.0 g/l. DWWA 2013 Gold Medal. Delicious biscuit and autumn fruit character -- seems a bit sweeter than in the past? Developing, oxidative notes on the nose, but nothing worrying. Exemplary stuff. 17/20 points.