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Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008
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Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 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 eight 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 & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Disgorged: 17th October 2016
Dosage: 7 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: On the nose, this vintage is focused with hints of spice. On the palate, slight toasted notes give way to a rounded depth of delicious fruits with perfect acidity. A long finish of apples and a lovely creamy texture. From a vintage that has been compared to the exceptional 2002, given time this will be even more rewarding.
Champagne Pol Roger History
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Expert Reviews
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“All grands and premiers crus. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Aged eight years on the lees.. Dosage 7 g/l. Disgorged 17 October 2016.
Tasted blind. Rather simpler nose than the other vintage of Pol Roger tasted alongside [the 2009]. Lots of lemon on the palate – lemon soufflé. Then it falls away a little. Very brisk (a clue ignored?)! 2009?
Drink 2018-2023”
17.5/20
Julia Harding MW
“Smoky reductive nose with real depth and lively age. Serious champagne, though at the full price it's quite expensive. ”
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Lots here. All fired up on all cylinders with fireworks on the palate. Not the driest, but very substantial with minerals and stones dominating. Great zest and length.”
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Really quite broad and ripe on the nose with mildly floral notes and a hint of putty. Really very dramatic! Even a hint of marzipan. Creamy texture with a little bruised apple acidity. Admirably long. Really exciting. Is this a worthy successor to the 2002? Dink 2017-2030.”
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. 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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