2006 Pol Roger Brut Rosé Champagne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The salmon color of the 2006 Rosé Brut with its pink and orange reflections is already magic and most probably unique. And then comes the nose: less subtle and discreet, but fine and elegant, deep, ripe and fleshy, with raw meat, nougat and licorice flavors intermingled with pure red berry (currant) and cherry aromas. Can you imagine this Rosé is based on the Réserve Brut (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay)? It is, but before the bottling and second fermentation, approximately 15% of still red wine (Pinot Noir) from the crus of the Montagne de Reims is added. This extraordinary Rosé Champagne is produced only in limited quantities and has been aged seven years before its release. Medium to full-bodied, smooth and fruit intense on the palate, this is another highly elegant and perfectly balanced Pol Roger fizz with a beautiful Pinot perfume in the finish. This is very sensual though complex Champagne that covers your tongue with pink silk. If you don't mind, I'd prefer to call this an excitingly erotic Champagne that I would love to drink on its own, but in any case not alone. (SR)
A light red, this is a Champagne that has hints of quite mature elements of mushroom, dark grilled nuts and coffee, with fresher lemon and red cherry fruits as well as hints of spice. The palate has a very soft, supple feel to it; smoothly textured and very well balanced. It has plenty now but I'd give it two to three years to find its best and most harmonious stage.
Bright orange-pink. Displays intense aromas of fresh red berries, orange pith, buttered toast and smoky minerals, with a suave floral nuance in the background. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sappy strawberry and blood orange flavors that expand and gain sweetness with air. Closes spicy, smoky and long, with excellent clarity and no rough edges. (JR)
*Cellar Selection* With its mature orange, onion skin color, this is a soft, toasty wine. It is losing fruit and gaining a wide range of mature flavors while keeping tight acidity. The wine tastes drier than previous vintages, a crisp aftertaste allowing the texture to shine and the more mature elements to develop well. Drink now, although the wine will age longer.
Wine & Spirits
This copper-tinged rosé needs air to open up from tight muskmelon and tangerine flavors to clean, refreshing firmness. Its red fruit has intriguing delicacy, lasting on a woodsy note.
Bright, with vibrant acidity and a lively, lightly creamy mousse framing prettily spiced flavors of wild cherry, damson plum, pastry, candied ginger and blood orange granita. Offers a persistent, spiced finish. Drink now through 2026.