NEW RELEASE: Pol Roger 2008

We are delighted to offer the latest release from Pol Roger: the new 2008 vintage. Alongside 2002, 2008 is unquestionably one of the vintages of the decade and every example we have tasted so far has been exceptional. Pol Roger is no exception - their 2008 vintage is stunningly good and shows a great aging potential.

Pol Roger have long produced our favourite non-vintage Champagne, but their vintage is in a different league altogether: in our view the best value vintage Champagne available today, it is one of the few which is immediately approachable on release with plenty of rich, vibrant, decadent characters, yet it is blessed with the capability to age and gain complexity over many years of cellaring. Produced from the ‘house blend’ of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers Crus vineyards in the famous “Montagne de Reims” and “Cote des Blancs” regions, it has a relatively low dosage of just 7g/l and undergoes a full 8-year maturation in the cool chalk cellars before release.

We think it is very much the equal of many Champagnes with considerably higher price tags. This is one of the great buys in the wine world and its combination of ready appeal and ageability make it one to stack high and enjoy over many years to come. In addition this is a sought-after fizz that very rarely sees the light of the market once stashed into cellars: picking up back vintages now is a costly business, so it’s well worth grabbing it on release safe in the knowledge that it has a solid 20 years of drinking ahead of it...

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Tasting Notes and Scores

BI
95+

The nose is very focussed and refined, revealing the pedigree of the wine, developing aromas of quince and apple, combined with hints of dried fruits. The palate shows excellent depth of fruit but also a very firm, taut acidity to complement the richness. The finish boasts sumptuous almond nuttiness perfectly balanced with citrus freshness. Overall it still tastes quite young and clearly has an amazing potential for development.

– BI Fine Wine & Spirits Merchant

Jancis Robinson
18/20

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?

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