Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2012

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Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2012

Elegant and subtle, the nose is full of freshness and opens with the scent of white
peach, developing into richer dried fruit, followed by enticing notes of flowers,
gingerbread and mild, toasted sweet spice. Finely balanced on the palate with
good weight of Pinot fruit and a complex structure and terrific length.

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2012

Beautiful biscuity and buttery nose with creamy weight
balanced by freshness.


Producer Note
Pol Roger is one of the few remaining great family-owned Champagne houses. An
unrivalled reputation within the trade has been guaranteed by the consistent
excellence of the wines: a tribute to the incredible diligence of the selection of the
cuvées directed by members of the Pol Roger and de Billy families, in conjunction
with the Président du Directoire Laurent d'Harcourt and the Chef des Caves,
Dominique Petit. With stock equivalent to five years normal sales, a major investment
programme, and among the coolest and deepest cellars in Epernay, the Pol Roger
range of Champagnes offers a glimpse of the sublime.


Vintage
Winter was generally mild and dry; however there was a cold snap at the beginning
of February. Following cool and rainy weather in early spring, unseasonal warm
weather prevailed in late March, favouring an advanced budbreak. This was
followed in turn by rain, mild weather and five spells of frost in April and May, of
which two gave cause for concern. Furthermore, some vineyards were hit by hail on
a number of occasions. These climatic challenges made for great variation in the
development of the grapes. However, hot, sunny weather from late July through to
the first days of September, ensured that the grapes reached an ideal maturity. The
yields were low, but the grapes were in excellent health. Harvesting lasted from 10th
to 26th September.


Vineyard
The 2012 Brut Vintage from Champagne Pol Roger is made from the traditional
house vintage blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and
Premiers crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs.


Winemaking
Champagne’s geographical location engenders capricious weather. For this
reason, since their foundation in 1849, Pol Roger have observed the tradition of not
releasing a vintage-dated champagne unless the climatic conditions permit the
production of grapes of outstanding ripeness. A vintage champagne must, above
all else, be a balanced champagne. This balance depends on the right blend of
healthy grapes, a good potential alcohol and correct acidity. The grapes were
traditionally vinified; the must underwent two settlings, known as débourbages, the
first after pressing and the second was a cold settling in stainless steel tanks at 6°C
lasting 24 hours. A slow, cool fermentation at under 18°C took place in stainless steel,
with each variety and each village kept separately until final blending. The wine
underwent a full malolactic fermentation. Secondary fermentation took place in the
bottle at 9°C in the deepest Pol Roger cellars which lie at 33 metres below street
level. The wine was kept here until it underwent the process of riddling by hand,
something of a rarity nowadays in Champagne. Aged for seven years in the cellars,
prior to release.


Tasting Note
Elegant and subtle, the nose is full of freshness and opens with the scent of white
peach, developing into richer dried fruit, followed by enticing notes of flowers,
gingerbread and mild, toasted sweet spice. Finely balanced on the palate with
good weight of Pinot fruit and a complex structure and terrific length.

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