Pol Roger Brut Rosé 2000
Founded by Pol Roger in 1849 and succeeded by his sons, Maurice and Georges. Now into the fourth generation with Christian Pol Roger and Cristian de Billy at the helm the house now owns around 85 hectares, mostly around Epernay including Grand Crus Cramant, Chouilly and Avize on the Cotes de Blancs and Ambonnay, Bouzy & Verzy on the Montagne de Reims. Generally Pinot dominant, the range of wines from the Non-Vintage cuvées through to the stellar Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill show consistency of house style and a pedigree that is the envy of many other grand marques.
The Pol Roger Brut Rosé 2000 is made from about 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Vin Rouge de Champagne, sourced from approximately 20 Grand and Premier Cru Vineyards, including Le Mesnil, Oger, Vertus, Grauves, Oiry and Chouilly, and Cumières, Champillon, Ay, Hautvillers, Mareuil, Chigny, Rilly, Bouzy and Vinay, for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir respectively.
Leading up to harvest, good weather returned, helping to ripen an abundant harvest, despite some leaves having been affected by mildew. In the second week of September, huge, ripe bunches were harvested with very good health. The Chardonnay grapes showed seductive, fresh and well-balanced characters, while Pinot Noir showed powerful, full and structured. Fruit from the Côtes des Bar parcels was ripe, expressive and balanced delicacy and structure. Pinot Meunier was generous, unctuous, round and very fine. The 2000 champagnes show good volume and roundness in the mouth. While the 2000 wines are maturing relatively quickly, this vintage will be one for the long term.
Elegance defines this Champagne, whose berry flavors and silky texture combine for a harmonious whole. Citrus and mineral round out the flavor spectrum, and this glides to a long, chalky finish. Best from 2010 through 2022. 400 cases imported. 91 Points; Wine Spectator
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