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  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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.

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Vintage 2012

2012 was deemed one of the best vintages the Champagne region has ever experienced. “The quality and the intensity are definitely there to make an outstanding vintage,” Dom Perignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy told Decanter. The base wines show a lovely richness as well as the acidity needed to make outstanding and long-lived Champagnes. Yields are very low, in some places half of the allowed production.

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Pol Roger Rosé 2012 – This champagne is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay, with the remaining 15% Pinot Noir vinified, ‘en rouge’ and then added later. The dosage here is 8 grams/litre, marginally higher than the vintage. Vineyard sources are noted as the same as for the vintage. Again, full malo and hand riddling. Lovely deep pink colour. Ripe raspberry notes, spices, fresh berries, dry herbs. A hint of milk chocolate. Bright acidity, medium length. A bold and full-flavoured style of rosé, which has a lovely cream and berry note. Delightful slippery texture. Don’t be afraid to put this away in the cellar. It has an exciting future ahead. This would be a brilliant champagne to match with many dishes – duck, lamb, parmesan, venison, salmon. Personally, I'd be avoiding most desserts. Rosé is so often lumped with the dessert, presumably because of the lovely bright pinks and crimson notes, but in fact, the sweetness in most desserts often destroys rosé. 94.

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Origin

Epernay, Champagne

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