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Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2002
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Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2002 Overview

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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 Brut Vintage is produced in limited quantities using the traditional House blend from twenty Grand and Premier Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. 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 nine years in the cellars before disgorgment and release.

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.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Ageing: 9 years on the lees
Disgorged: November 2012
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: A pale yellow-gold wine with a fine stream of bubbles. This is a stunningly youthful champagne that, whilst tasting outstanding now, has great potential to develop. It has a creamy and rich structure on the palate, fully balanced with very poised acidity that leaves a long-lasting finish. A champagne with enormous potential for mid and long-term ageing: this is very special.
Champagne Pol Roger History
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Expert Reviews
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged November 2012. RS 8 g/l. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Magnum. Direct from Pol Roger UK.
Tasted blind. Some acidity and not that dense. Quite delicate. But loose and sweet. Not as outstanding as when tasted blind a week or two earlier. Pommery?”
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Tasted blind. Magnum. Mid gold. Savoury and well knit. Lots of complexity on the nose. Very rich with lots of dosage but far from unpleasant! Is this Pol? Very substantial with a high pleasure quotient but at the opposite end of the spectrum from grower’s Extra Brut! Lemon cream and good for current drinking.”
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Magnum, Extra Cuvee de Reserve for Great Britain. Quite rich. Substantial. Tastes as though there is a good whack of Pinot in here. Long and meaty. ”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Floral nose. Bready notes and very attractive. Pretty full bodied – this would be a wine to serve with food.”
96/100
Roger Voss
“The most recent vintage release from Pol Roger is this superb 2002. Notes of apple, almond, citrus and a hint of toast mingle together effortlessly. It can be consumed now, especially with food, but its mixture of maturity and freshness promise to age beautifully for many years to come.”
93/100
Josh Reynolds
“Light gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of citrus fruits, quince and white flowers, along with subtle sea salt and iodine nuances and slow-building toastiness. Sappy, penetrating and pure, offering assertive Meyer lemon and pear flavors and complicating notes of anise and ginger. I'd have guessed that there was more chardonnay in here. Finishes with outstanding clarity and thrust, leaving a spicy quality behind.”
94/100
Antonio Galloni
“White flowers, lemon, slate and chamomile are some of the notes that burst from the glass in Pol Roger's 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Extra Cuvee de Reserve. A bright, tightly coiled wine, the 2002 comes across as quite fresh and vibrant, especially within the context of the year. Sweet floral and minty notes run through the precise, crystalline finish. Although the 2002 is absolutely delicious today, am I intrigued to see how it might age. It is utterly brilliant today.”
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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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