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    4 538
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    42
  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    saltwater fish

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The Story

Pol Roger recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and is perhaps best known as Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne. Established in 1849, Champagne Pol Roger remains family-owned and proudly independent to this day. Pol Roger, the 1831 born founder of the house, had lived in the Grand Cru village of Aÿ his whole childhood. The whole family supported the enterprise of their son. From early on Pol Roger focused in exports, and the English market was the most important one from the beginning. The commercial success of the company had its roots in the business model where they produced other champagne brands in the Pol Roger facilities. Pol Roger is one of the few remaining family owned Grande Marque champagne businesses.

 

The must undergoes two débourbages (settlings), one at the press house immediatly after pressing and the second, a débourbage à froid, in stainless steel tanks at 6°C over a 24 hour period. A slow cool fermentation with the temperature kept under 18°C takes place in stainless steel with each variety and each village kept seperate. The wine undergoes a full malolactic-fermentation prior to final blending. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle at 9°C in the deepest Pol Roger cellars (33 metres below street level) where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) by hand, a rarity in Champagne nowadays. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger is renowned owes much to these deep, cool and damp cellars.

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Wine Information

The 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. Produced only in limited quantities the Brut Vintage 2009 has been aged for 8 years in our cellars before being disgorged and released onto the market.

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Vintage 2009

Warmest conditions since 2003, optimal maturity, healthy fruit. Balanced wines with average sugars, lower acidities. High overall maturity. Vintage year for some, principally récoltants-manipulants (individual growers). In ’09, new EU rules reduced dosage for Brut to 12 g/l.

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Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009 is instantly appealing with its gorgeous lively effervescence. Fine bubbles sprinkled with silver glints carry a persistent stream. The nose, rich and elegant, opens up with delicate aromas of white fruit and apricot. As the wine warms in the glass, it exudes scents of white nectarines and quince jelly mingled with brioche and pastry fragrances. The palate, extremely delicate and subtle, boasts a stunning balance on an opulent and creamy structure evolving towards dried fruit. It is a masterpiece of harmony.The Brut Vintage 2009 enhances fine dishes of distinctive character, like chicken with a foie gras stuffing, capon with morel mushrooms, chicken supreme...

Overt, generous nose of patisserie and red apple tones complemented by lemony  nuances and spicy layers. Round, fleshy palate of delicious, succulent fruitiness.

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Th­e Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009 is instantly appealing with its gorgeous lively effervescence. Fine bubbles sprinkled with silver glints carry a  fine persistent stream.
 
Th­e nose, rich and elegant, opens up with delicate aromas of white fruit and apricot. As the wine warms in the glass, it exudes scents of white nectarines and quince jelly mingled with brioche and pastry fragrances.
 
Th­e palate, extremely delicate and subtle, boasts a stunning balance on an opulent and creamy structure evolving towards dried fruit. It is a masterpiece of harmony.
 

The Story of the 2009 Vintage:

After a particularly cold winter, spring 2009 started with fairly mild temperatures, permitting the vines to avoid frost damage. In spite of some storm spells, this suitable weather pattern boosted the vegetation. June and July were also affected by weather variations, but August became sunny, dry and hot, with cool nights, leading to a favourable and quick evolution in maturity. Harvesting started on September 8th in excellent sunny conditions and lasted till September 21st. Th­e grapes were then perfectly healthy. The 2009 crop is characterised by a potential average degree over 10% and a total acidity close to 7,5H2SO4 g/l.

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Epernay, Champagne

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