2002 Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1137108 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale gold. Intense, mineral-dominated aromas of candied citrus fruits, pear, anise, smoky lees and chamomile, plus a sexy floral nuance and a hint of sweet butter. Palate-staining orchard and citrus fruit flavors show outstanding depth and energy, picking up chalky mineral and spice notes with air. Strikingly concentrated and precise wine with strong finishing punch and noteworthy persistence. This concentrated, deftly balanced Champagne is built for a long, graceful evolution.  (11/ 2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Cellar Selection** This is a thouroughbred, elegant sparkler. With its delicate acidity, apple and grapefruit flavors, and tense, steely texture, it is an extremely well-blanced wine. Although it is ready to drink now, it could certainly age in bottle for many years.  (12/ 2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 White flowers, lemon, slate and chamomile are some of the notes that burst from the glass in Pol Roger’s 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Extra Cuvee de Reserve. A bright, tightly coiled wine, the 2002 comes across as quite fresh and vibrant, especially within the context of the year. Sweet floral and minty notes run through the precise, crystalline finish. Although the 2002 is absolutely delicious today, I am intrigued to see how it might age. It is utterly brilliant today. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. (AG)  (11/ 2012)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Blended from grand cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, this chardonnay cold-ferments in stainless steel and undergoes malolactic prior to aging on the lees for nine years in bottle. It’s the most classic of Pol Roger’s current lineup, packing the tension of the vintage into mouthwatering flavors of heirloom apples and pale limestone. Sunny energy seems to come out of that earthy side of the wine, bristling with youthful power. This has years of development ahead.  (12/ 2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, with a toasty base mixing with flavors of quince paste, pastry, dried apricot, raw almond and a hint of lemon curd. There's a clean-cut note of minerally salinity throughout, accompanied by a fine bead and a lingering finish. Drink now through 2022.  (11/ 2012)

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Other White Wines

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France

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