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Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2008

Mix 12
£178.00
Mix 6
£180.00
Per Bottle
£184.00
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Description & Technical Information
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Pol Roger was just nineteen when he founded his estate in 1849. Still a family-run enterprise, fifth generation Hubert de Billy is one of the descendants who manage the House today. With 89-hectares of vineyards supplying half of their grape requirements and illustrious premises containing immaculate facilities including pristinely polished stainless-steel tanks. Today they own 92 hectares of vineyards and its cellars in Epernay, just off the Avenue de Champagne run for 7.5 kms, 34 metres below the ground at a constant 9 Celsius.

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. 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.

Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs is made exclusively from the Grand Crus of the Côte des Blancs. The must undergoes two settlings, one at the press house immediately after pressing and another in Pol Roger's famous stainless-steel tanks. Second fermentation takes place in the coolest Pol Roger cellars, thirty-three metres below ground level at temperatures of just 9°C, some 2-3°C cooler than the cellars of other producers. The cooler cellars slow down bottle fermentation, producing a champagne with finer bubbles, a characteristic for which these small production releases of Pol Roger are known for. The final blend is aged for seven years in the cellars before disgorgment and release.

Weather: After a rainy but mild winter without any prolonged cold spells, spring arrived with some very localised frosts. Cool weather returned in June and the infrequent sunshine prolonged the feeling of freshness. The spring to autumn weather was bright with sunny spells and the long, hot days and cool nights during September gave the grapes excellent acidity during the harvest period. The 2008 vintage is fast emerging as one of the best since the renowned and now-legendary 2002.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oiry, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Disgorged: November 2014
Dosage: 7 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: This youthful champagne is a pale yellow-gold with hints of grapefruit and almond on the nose. Still quite restrained on first impression but with those early signs of Chardonnay richness waiting to burst out. Slightly more giving on the palate - the delicious, creamy and full-bodied character is already starting to show and the flavours linger beautifully. Give this champagne some time and it will develop, open up and really show its full potential.
Champagne Pol Roger Overview
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Expert Reviews
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Commanding nose that already shows a bit of maturity. Very crystalline structure and bone dry finish. Very much an aperitif wine despite the fruit concentration on the mid palate. Refined. ”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Delicate, prancing, racy. Not too sweet. Lovely stuff! This has both breadth and depth.”
92/100
Antonio Galloni
“Pol Roger's 2008 Blanc de Blancs is a very pretty, expressive Champagne to drink now and over the next handful of years. White orchard fruit, sage, pastry and candied lemon peel open up nicely in the glass. This is an especially creamy, voluptuous 2008, although the acidity of the vintage comes through nicely on the back end.”
94/100
John Stimpfig
“This is heart-stoppingly good, which makes the decision all the more difficult as to when to drink it. Guzzle it all up now or drink it slowly over the next 15 years? If you are going to drink it now, you’ll find a fabulous fusion of almonds, white flowers, cream, hay, brioche and lemon sherbet. It’s also superbly balanced, bright, racy and dazzlingly long. Of course, that’s down to the Pol style, savoir faire and fruit selection. The grapes come from some of the Cote des Blancs top Grands including Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger. Ultimately, it is still a baby. So my advice would be to wait a while until it really hits its stride.
91/100
Antonio Galloni
“Pol Roger's 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs offers striking intensity in its finely sculpted, chiseled personality. Candied lemon, hazelnut, dried pear and herbs are some of the signatures. This is an especially vinous Blanc de Blancs that at times is suggestive of the richness one sees in the Montagne de Reims, but all of the fruit is from five Grand Cru villages in the Côte des Blancs - Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger.”
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News Articles
  1. Churchill Connection: Pol Roger

    Churchill Connection: Pol Roger

    September 23, 2017

    Sir Winston Churchill's relationship with Pol Roger dates back to 1945 when a friendship began between Churchill and Odette Pol-Roger..
  2. Is Vintage 2008 The Next 2002?

    Is Vintage 2008 The Next 2002?

    June 15, 2017

    We compared fifteen 2008s (+ new Krug Grande Cuvée based on 2008) to assess the quality of this emerging vintage in champagne. For reference, we tasted five 2002s alongside - and threw in a couple of curveballs to keep everyone alert!
  3. Pol Roger: '02, '04, '06, '08, who do we appreciate?

    Pol Roger: '02, '04, '06, '08, who do we appreciate?

    March 7, 2017

    To celebrate the release of Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008, we put it to the test in a blind vertical tasting of the last four vintages of Pol: 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. We also threw in the non-vintage for good measure.
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