2006 Pol Roger "Extra Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne

SKU #1244672 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* It is the balance that stars with this wine. The fruit, acidity and mineral texture are held together in maturing harmony. Still young, the wine is still in the fruity spectrum and yet is very ready to drink now. The acidity and the link between the soft dosage and freshness are all in place. Drink now and until 2026. (RV)  (12/2015)

93 points James Suckling

 Pol's 2006 vintage is on form, showing attractive spicy red fruits, florals, and biscuity nutty characters. The palate's very bold, full of strawberry fruit flavor, ripe lemon and peach. Round, complete and fulsome shape. Drink now or hold for more savory notes.  (7/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and lithe in weight, boasting a silky texture, this finely knit and elegant Champagne offers abundant ripe fruit flavors and notes of toasted raisin bread, candied kumquat and dried apricot. Spice and smoke details echo on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2030. (AN)  (11/2015)

92 points Vinous

 The 2006 Brut Vintage is an excellent choice for drinking now, as the flavors are just beginning to show the first signs of development. Peach, apricot, brioche, mint and sweet white flowers open up in a gracious, complex Champagne that is super-expressive today. The weight of Pinot Noir comes through beautifully in the 2006, a resonant and inviting Champagne that hits all the right notes. (AG)  (11/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Quite deep gold with a tiny bead. Exuberant, complex nose - passion fruit? Hint of minerals. Broad and quite rich but this wine seems to have a lower dosage than some recent Pols. Pretty exciting stuff. Lots of effort seems to have gone into this. Vaguely salty finish. Tense and fun. 17/20 points. Drink 2015-2023. (JR)  (11/2015)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2016 | Send Email
It is no surprise that at 10 years old, many of the 2006 Champagnes are really starting to show well. The best I tasted at this year’s staff summit was the 2006 Pol Roger "Extra Cuvée de Réserve" Brut. This is one of the most masculine, vinous, broad and powerful Champagnes of the day. It is composed of about 60% Pinot Noir to 40% Chardonnay, but that Pinot is powerful Mountain of Reims Grand and 1er cru stuff… And it shows! I loved the big, hazelnut and black cherry savor in this rich, yet very dry Champagne. This will be a top recommendation for anyone married in 2006 or with a child born in this year, because while it drinks well now, it will be great for a long, long time.
Drink from 2016 to 2046

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Other White Wines

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France

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