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Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2002 Champagne
|Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2002 - 75cl||Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2002 - 75cl||£99.95|
Remarkably, a small team of less than ten complete everything in the cellar by hand and Pol Roger boast four of the region's remaining fifteen riddlers, who impressively turn over 60,000 bottles a day. The House use no oak in the winemaking process and their double cold-settling of the grape juice contributes to the pure-fruity style of their champagnes. Indeed, it is this style and their respect for tradition that initiated Sir Winston Churchill's lifelong attachment to Pol Roger, who famously insisted: "In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it." Today, their prestige cuvée is named in honour of the great man.
Cellar Master: Dominique Petit
Winery Location: Épernay | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Côte des Blancs
Annual Production (bottles): 1,600,000
Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oiry, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 9 years on the lees
Disgorged: November 2012
Dosage: 9 g/l
Tasting Note: A pale yellow colour with golden highlights. The nose is dominated by hints of citrus fruit, revealing the elegance, subtlety and balance of the champagne. On the palate, the texture is fresh with a powerful body. The finish shows remarkable length, typical of the 2002 vintage, as well as being both rich and full-bodied.
The Busy Wine Lovers Guide to Pol Roger wine-searcher.com, 7th May 2015
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Pol Roger History
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.