Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2012
Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2012 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.
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
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.
On the whole winter was mild and dry, however there was a cold snap at the beginning of February. Following cool and rainy weather in early spring, unseasonal warm weather prevailed in late March, favouring an advanced budbreak. This was followed in turn by rain, mild weather and five spells of frost in April and May, of which two gave cause for concern. Furthermore, some vineyards were hit by hail on a number of occasions. These climatic challenges made for great variation in the development of the grapes. Hot, sunny weather from late July through to the first days of September, ensured that the grapes reached an ideal maturity. The yields were low, but the grapes were in excellent health. Harvesting lasted from 10th to 26th September.
The 2012 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.
The Brut Vintage 2012 is a delicate pale golden colour, underpinned by a persistence of refined bubbles. Elegant and subtle, the nose is full of freshness and opens with the scent of white peach, developing into richer dried fruit, followed by enticing notes of flowers, gingerbread and mild, toasted sweet spice. Finely balanced on the palate with good weight of Pinot fruit and a complex structure and terrific length. Still young, stylish and discreet, the 2012 has great ageing potential.