Champagne Pol Roger Blanc De Blancs 2008

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Champagne Pol Roger Blanc De Blancs 2008 displays a pale yellow-gold colour with delicate green glints and a remarkable effervescence in the glass. On the nose, the first aromas are of pink grapefruit coupled with almond, imparting a delightful freshness and delicacy to the wine, which progressively yield to aromas of white flowers and apricot. The texture of the palate is invigoratingly fresh and zesty, typical of this outstanding vintage. The Champagne is harmoniously well-balanced and full-bodied. Initially, flavours of green apple and citrus fruit prevail, however these give way to creamy aromas of butter and meringue contributing to an overall impression of outstanding complexity. The finish is characterised by an enchanting vivacity and long-lasting aromas.

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Vintage: 2008
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 12.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Traditional method sparkling
Drink With: An undisputed partner for simply prepared fish dishes

Vintage Champagne is, by definition, the wine of a single year and it must rely upon the success of that harvest alone. Vintage Champagne is therefore produced only when all of the necessary components of climate, grape quality and ripeness at harvest come together, allowing the winemaker to produce a wine of optimum intensity, structure and balance. The vintage Blanc De Blancs is vinified 100% from Chardonnay grapes, selected from Grand Cru vineyards (many owned by Pol Roger) in the Côte Des Blancs: Cramant, Le Mesnil, Oger, Avize and Oiry. The Blanc De Blancs, as with all the other Pol Roger wines, undergoes the traditional hand remuage.

The beginning of 2008 was marked by mild and humid weather conditions. However, by contrast, March and April were cool and rainy, even hit by spells of snow and frost. Good temperatures in May rapidly boosted vine growth. The summer months were characterised by extremely variable weather, with storms in July and with cool weather and limited sunny periods in August. The véraison (changing of colour and onset of ripening of the grapes) started in early August and, by this point, the conditions in the vineyard were outstanding. September brought excellent weather, and the picking started on the fifteenth in sunny conditions. The grapes were healthy, and the sugar/acidity balance was close to perfect.

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