- 100% Chardonnay
- Only Grand Cru vineyards
- 9 years on lees prior to release
Pol Roger’s champagnes have historically been based around pinot noir but over recent times have moved toward a greater percentage of chadonnay in their top cuvee’s. And with their mastery of this wine – our favourite from Pol Roger – you can see why. Almost painfully intense, driven by fresh citrus and chalky minerality, this is great now but can also cellar with confidence.
This is heart-stoppingly good, which makes the decision all the more difficult as to when to drink it. Guzzle it all up now or drink it slowly over the next 15 years? If you are going to drink it now, you’ll find a fabulous fusion of almonds, white flowers, cream, hay, brioche and lemon sherbet. It’s also superbly balanced, bright, racy and dazzlingly long. Of course, that’s down to the Pol style, savoir faire and fruit selection. The grapes come from some of the Cote des Blancs top Grands including Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger. Ultimately, it is still a baby. So my advice would be to wait a while until it really hits its stride. 94 points. John Stimpfig, Decanter.com