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|Pol Roger Brut Vintage 1990
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Pol Roger Brut Vintage 1990 ChampagneMore vintages: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008Champagne's geographical location engenders capricious weather. For this reason, since their foundation in 1849 Pol Roger have observed the tradition of not releasing a vintage-dated 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 1990 is blended from 18 Grands and Premiers Crus. The vintage experienced some frost damage early in the year especially during April, however with a superb summer the grapes thrived. Due to the long days and summer sun combined with cool nights, the grapes had excellent alcohol and acidity levels. The crop was the third largest on record and 1990 produced the ripest wines since 1959.
The magnum has allowed the wine to age exceptionally, with the fruits still bright yet intense. The wine is a deep golden colour and the aromas of orchard fruits and hints of spice lead to a palate bursting with fresh acidity and apples that end with a long creamy lingering finish. A full bodied champagne, with plenty more ageing.
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Dosage: 6-8 g/L
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“Bright, lightly leesy aromas of fresh apples, minerals and spices. Fresh, spicy and intensely flavored, but quite austere, almost metallic and not yet demonstrating much personality. But firm, bright and fresh, finishing with good grip. This wine came with an excellent reputation, but I preferred both Pol Roger Rose and Blanc de Chardonnay from this superb vintage.”
The Busy Wine Lovers Guide to Pol Roger wine-searcher.com, 7th May 2015
Pol Roger Overview
Champagne Pol Roger has been producing exceptional champagne for over 165 years. To this day the house remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. Indeed, it is this quality which brought about Sir Winston Churchill's lifelong attachment to Pol Roger, who famously insisted "In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it".
The first sale of wine was in January 1849 when family circumstances forced Pol Roger to set up a business; his father a Notary, had contracted an incurable disease and could no longer carry on his practice. The customer was a merchant in Aÿ the native village of Pol Roger. The firm developed rapidly, from Aÿ it moved to Epernay in 1851. In 1899 the founder died by which point the brand had acquired enviable recognition - it had only taken about thirty years! On 23rd February 1900 disaster struck when part of the cellars and buildings collapsed. Over 500 casks and one and a half million bottles were lost. Maurice and George who had taken over from their father had to work tirelessly to get back on track.
Great Britain is, and always has been, the premier export market for Champagne Pol Roger, a tradition dating back to the 1860's. Even as early as 1855, Pol Roger was making Brut Champagne as he knew that Britain favoured this style of Champagne.
Maison Pol Roger owns 91 hectares of vineyards on prime sites in the Vallée de la Marne, the Montagne de Reims and on the Côte des Blancs and is 55 per cent self-sufficient in its grape requirements. The cellars run for 7km and are on three levels, the deepest known as the 'cave de prise de mousse' at 34m below street level. As the name suggests this is where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. The fact that this deep cellar is at 9°C or less, rather than a normal cellar temperature of 11-12°C, prolongs this fermentation and contributes to the quality and particular style of the wines and their famously fine bubbles.
The Pol Roger range starts with a non-vintage Brut Réserve and the rest of the champagnes are vintage-dated: Brut Vintage, Brut Rosé and Blanc de Blancs as well as the prestige Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.
Sir Winston Churchill's predilection for Pol Roger was sealed in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, when he met and formed a lasting friendship with the captivating Odette Pol-Roger, who encapsulated Churchill's romantic vision of France. For the remainder of his lifetime, Pol Roger was to remain Sir Winston's Champagne of choice, supplied to wherever his engagements demanded from what he described as 'the world's most drinkable address', 44 Avenue de Champagne, Epernay. The friendship between the Churchill and Pol-Roger families endures to this day.
Created in tribute to Pol Roger's most illustrious devotee, the Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is appropriately composed of only the best grapes, from only the best vineyard sites to which Pol Roger have access and from only the finest vintage years declared by the House. As Sir Winston himself once declared: 'My tastes are simple. I am easily satisfied with the best!' The precise formula is a family secret, but invariably true to the style that Sir Winston himself preferred: robust, full-flavoured and mature; we suspect Pinor Noir is dominant most releases with 30-40 per cent Chardonnay.