Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2009 Champagne 75cl Gift Boxed

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Country France
Champagne Type Blanc de Blancs
Region Champagne
Brand Pol Roger
Grape Variety Chardonnay
Size 75cl
ABV 12.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2009
Maturity Drink or Keep
Style Subtle, light and elegant
Food Match Ideal as an accompaniment to shellfish

When Maurice Pol-Roger first heard his grandson, Christian de Billy, propose a Blanc de Blancs for the 1959 vintage, he is reputed to have retorted “If you are producing wine of the quality of Montrachet, why put a bubble in it?”. 60 years later, the 2009 vintage, produced in limited quantities from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs, validates the initiative completely.

The result is a champagne which is subtle, light and elegant, with a refreshing trace of minerality. Mid yellow in colour, it has a high toned and aromatically spiced nose, with some elements of crushed apple, revealing good fruit intensity and weight. It is stylish and bright on the palate, with good length and very pure acidity. Ideal as an accompaniment to shellfish.

After a particularly cold winter, spring 2009 started with mild temperatures, thus avoiding frost damage. Some stormy spells boosted the vegetation. June and July were characterised by variable weather; however August was sunny, dry and hot, with cool nights, leading to rapid maturation. Harvesting started on September 8th in excellent sunny conditions and lasted till September 21st. The grapes were perfectly healthy.

The wine boasts a pale yellow-gold colour with a continuous thread of lingering bubbles. On the nose, the first notes are of citrus fruit coupled with almond, imparting a delightful freshness to the wine, which progressively yield to aromas of white flowers and honey.

The palate is dominated by a firm backbone, revealing the mineral character of the great ‘terroirs’ from the Cote des Blancs, and is remarkably balanced with a long-lasting aftertaste.

Pol Roger, a Champenois from Ay, made his first sale of wine in January 1849. The customer was a merchant in Aÿ, the native village of Pol Roger. The firm developed rapidly. From Aÿ, it moved to Epernay in 1851. As early as 1855, Pol began to favour production of brut Champagne. He knew that this was the type of Champagne which the English preferred. Over the next 45 years, until his death in 1899, he built his business into one of the most respected in Champagne and, in particular, forged strong trade links with Britain. The founder was succeeded by his sons, Maurice and Georges, who changed their names to Pol-Roger by deed poll and, thereafter, by a further three generations of his direct descendants. The first member of the fifth generation entered the business in 1988: Hubert de Billy, (Maurice Pol-Roger's great grandson) became Sales Manager for France.

To this day the company remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. Pol Roger owns 87 hectares of prime vineyard sites spread over the Montagne de Reims, the Vallee de La Marne, the Vallee d‘Epernay and the Côte des Blancs. This supply is supplemented by grapes purchased on long-term contracts with growers based on the best sites in the region. Total production at Pol Roger is in the region of 1.5 million bottles per annum, making them one of the smaller of the Grandes Marques.

The cellars extend some 7 kilometres beneath the streets of Epernay and are carved out of the local chalk over three levels, the deepest at 33m below street level where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. They are amongst the coolest and deepest cellars in the region, a factor which contributes to the famously fine bubbles in Pol Roger's champagnes.

Country Of Origin: France

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