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Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2012

Mix 12
£116.00
Mix 6
£118.00
Per Bottle
£122.00
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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: The 2012 weather has been hallmarked by many as very challenging but has created some stunning Champagne. Relatively low yields due to various weather conditions throughout the year. The winter months brought some frosts and hail which damaged the early stages of bud burst. August and September were very warm and this helped rescue and give the grapes a stunning maturity. Harvesting lasted from 10th to 26th September.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oiry, Oger
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Disgorged: 2018
Dosage: 7 g/l
Drink: Now to 2028

Tasting Note: The Blanc de Blancs 2012 is pale yellow-gold in colour with shimmering reflection, enhanced by a fine and elegant stream of lingering bubbles. The nose has notes of dried fruits and hazelnut with hints of citrus. The palate has delicate peach and apricot notes with a vibrant youth and rich maturity, citrus all through to the finish.
Champagne Pol Roger Overview
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Expert Reviews
90/100
Antonio Galloni
“Pol Roger's 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs is terrific. The natural ripeness of the year amps up the Chardonnay flavors. Rich and ample in the glass, with tons of depth, the 2012 really shines. Readers should expect a pretty big Champagne, but all the elements are nicely balanced. Disgorged: February, 2019.”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Intense and minerally nose with real attack. Salted-lemons flavour. Very tight-knit and zesty. An excellent aperitif style. Complete but definitely not over-dosed!
Drink 2020–2030”
17+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Lively, piercing freshness and very lemon-zesty. Appetising and energetic. Just needs a little time to round out and gain a bit more persistence.”
95/100
Peter Moser
“Medium greenish-yellow, silver reflections; fine, persistent mousse. Fresh vanilla sponge is underlaid with a herbal savouriness, hints of passion fruit, fine white stone fruit, walnut and orange zest. Good complexity, elegant, delicate wood savouriness, quince, mineral and floral touches. Has plenty of development potential.”
93+/100
William Kelley
“Pol Roger's 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs is excellent, offering up aromas of crisp green apple, freshly baked bread, white flowers and blanched almonds. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and precise, with fine depth at the core, racy acids and a pinpoint mousse, it has shed some of the smoky, gently reductive top notes it displayed two years ago, but equally it hasn't yet arrived at its mature aromatic register—so I'd be inclined to cellar bottles for a few years before revisiting this.”
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News Articles
  1. New Release: Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2012 & Blanc de Blancs 2012

    New Release: Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2012 & Blanc de Blancs 2012

    April 10, 2019

    Today, Pol Roger launch their eagerly anticipated Brut Vintage 2012, following the release of Blanc de Blancs 2012 last month. From a vintage whose reputation rivals that of both 2002 and 2008, these champagnes are highly anticipated by critics and consumers alike.
  2. 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..
  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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