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Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009


Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009 is an attractive, deep, golden colour with a continuous thread of lingering bubbles. The nose is instantly powerful and complex, revealing the maturity of the wine, developing aromas of quince and apple, combined with richer notes of dried fruits. The palate shows a creamy, voluptuous and well-balanced structure and the long-lasting finish boasts sumptuous almond nuttiness balanced with citrus freshness. The wine has a full-bodied structure and pleasing maturity, without detracting from the overarching delicacy.

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Vintage: 2009
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
ABV: 12.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Creamy, voluptuous and well-balanced
Drink With: Sweetbreads with morel mushrooms

Champagne’s geographical location means that the region is subject to capricious weather. For this reason, since its foundation in 1849, Pol Roger has observed the tradition of not releasing a vintage Champagne unless the climatic conditions permit the production of grapes of outstanding ripeness. A vintage Champagne must, above all else, be a balanced Champagne. This balance depends on the right blend of healthy grapes, a good potential alcohol and correct acidity. The first criterion for declaring a vintage wine is its capacity to age. Devotees who have the patience to age their Champagnes are rewarded with a more complex and richer wine.

The first three months of 2009 were very dry, followed by two months of heavy rainfall. Without any spring frost, the development of the vines was promising. A warm and sunny June provided optimal conditions for flowering. August was cold and humid, however it was followed by warmth and sunshine in September, which encouraged an exceptional development of the bunches and the grapes were very healthy at the time of the harvest. The earliest parcels were picked on 6th September and the latest on 25th September.

The 2009 Brut Vintage from Champagne Pol Roger is made from the traditional house vintage blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. They are grown in 20 grands and premiers crus vineyards in the Montagne De Reims and the Côte Des Blancs. The dosage was 7g/l. Produced only in limited quantities, the Brut Vintage 2006 was aged for 9 years in Pol Roger’s deepest cellars (33 metres below street level) before being disgorged and released.

From Andrew Jefford writing in Decanter Magazine:

The Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009 is pure springtime: green, sappy, leafy, with just a whisper of bread, powder and talc to sweeten it. This is a Pinot-rich blend in which all overt ‘Pinotness’ has been transmuted into a light, chalky essence and a stony sappiness. Long, searching, deliciously tense - yet ripe, not raw: another superb steel-schooled effort. 94 Points