2008 Pol Roger Vintage Brut Champagne

SKU #1333645 94 points James Suckling

 Attractive red berries, nectarines and biscuity notes with a hint of spice, too, and a sweet-smelling freshness to it. The palate delivers a very attractive and concentrated array of yellow stone fruit flavors. Smooth and creamy, sorbet-like finish. Drink now or age.  (10/2017)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A fresh, bright and overtly citrusy nose reflects plenty of yeast and floral characters. There is really lovely vibrancy to the refined and ultra-pure flavors where the supporting effervescence is equally fine. The lingering and well-balanced finish is drier than the reported dosage level would suggest and overall, this is lovely and still quite young.  (10/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Pol Roger's 2008 Brut Vintage is bright and energetic, but also tightly wound and not fully expressive today. There is good energy to the orchard fruit and citrus driven flavors, not to mention plenty of acid-driven persistence. I would prefer to cellar the 2008 for at least a year or two to see what happens. (AG)  (7/2017)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Focused on pinot noir (60 percent) and supported by chardonnay, this wine has crunchy green-olive notes and autumnal red fruit. It shows the cool vintage in its salty mineral tang and firm mousse, a lifted Champagne to pour with rich fall dishes, like poached lobster over butternut squash purée.  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

The long awaited 2008 Pol Roger is here! And here is a note from the importer: "Family owned since 1849. Pol Roger owns 200 acres of vineyards and has cellars that extend over 4 miles on 2 levels and is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated. The cooler than normal cellars "slows the second fermentation, encouraging a finer mousse." Pol Roger owns close to 50% of the vineyards used for their Champagne production and grapes are sourced exclusively from 1er and grand cru vineyards that rate at an average of 95 points on the Champagne classification system."(Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY).

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.