Pol Roger Brut Reserve Vintage 1995 75cl

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Country France
Champagne Type Vintage Brut and Rose
Region Champagne
Brand Pol Roger
Grape Variety Pinot Noir / Chardonnay
Size 75cl
ABV 12.5%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 1995
Maturity Drink or keep
Style Creamy, Bready and Complex
Food Match Light seafood suppers or pastries

A rare bottle of the Vintage Brut 1995 - rich, powerful and flavoursome with an expressive palate. In style and quality is not unlike one of its illustrious predecessors, the 1985. It has an intense, radiant golden colour with traces of warm amber. There is a persistent stream of very fine, regular sized bubbles that rise upwards to a delicate, full durable ‘cordon' at the rim.

Initially discreet, even closed, its nose combines an extreme delicacy with subtle complexity, skillfully combining some gentle, leafy aromas (straw, cut flowers) and equally understated dried fruit aromas (almonds, apricots) before blossoming into an abundance of competing aromas: fruity (fruit candy), lactic (beurre noisette) and spicy (mille-fleurs honey, gingerbread) which arouse more obvious empyreumatic fragrances (mild tobacco, light caramel).

Superb initial taste sensations, lively and mellow, develop into a full-bodied well-balanced palate. Delicious pastry flavours (pain aux raisins, kugelhopf buns) accompany intense, persistent vegetal notes (Alba truffles). Omnipresent, very fine bubbles, in partnership with demonstrative candied flavours and more restrained flavours of mature rum reveal the presence of a great Champagne. And for the ultimate pleasure, the velvety, lace-like finish develops against a lightly spiced (vanilla) background.

Pol Roger's Vintage Brut 1995 is already a Champagne more suited to ‘bon viveurs', Sunday meals with friends and family, delicious light suppers and after theatre dinners) than for consumption as an aperitif, with ideal maturity to appeal to hosts' with a view to entertaining or to serve with dishes of character.

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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