2002 Pol Roger "Extra Cuvee de Reserve" Brut Champagne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pol Roger's 2002 Brut Extra Cuvee de Reserve is rich, creamy and seductive. An expressive, layered wine, the 2002 impresses for its overall harmony and balance. Light floral honey, mint, tangerine, cinnamon and dried pears are all woven together in this gracious, impeccable Champagne. This is a fairly reserved style for the year, but it works. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; L21932009): Light gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of citrus fruits, quince and white flowers, along with subtle sea salt and iodine nuances and slow-building toastiness. Sappy, penetrating and pure, offering assertive Meyer lemon and pear flavors and complicating notes of anise and ginger. I'd have guessed that there was more chardonnay in here. Finishes with outstanding clarity and thrust, leaving a spicy quality behind.
Exuberant, yet graceful overall, with rich notes of ripe pineapple, guava, honey and baked peach mixing with a minerally undertow and accents of grated ginger, biscuit and fresh quince. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2027. 200 cases imported.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is beginning to display the initial hints of maturity with a hint of reduction to the otherwise pretty notes of baked bread, lemon rind and green apple. There is excellent complexity to the reserved and moderately austere finish that is not quite bone dry but it's close to it. This is a very classy but aloof effort that will most please those who enjoy a certain restraint and understatement to their bubbles. As the description would suggest this could be enjoyed now or held for a few more years first.
Wine & Spirits
An emphasis on Pinot Noir over Chardonnay (60/40 in the blend) gives this wine a deeper, denser feel than the ’02 Blanc de Blancs. It comes from 20 grand and premier cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs. There’s a scent of yellow roses leading into flavors of peach pit and limestone, minerally in the middle and then softer and pleasantly sweet in the end. Approachable now, this will continue to develop with bottle age.
Floral nose. Bready notes and very attractive. Pretty full bodied – this would be a wine to serve with food.