Pol Roger Pure Extra Brut
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This Cuvée is above all an exercise in the House style, seeking to craft a wine in its most natural state without the addition of any sweetening dosage.
An expression of the diversity of terroirs, this Non-Vintage Champagne is born of the perfect balance of the three traditional regional grape varieties, blended in equal proportion. Pol Roger carefully selects reserve wines drawn across at least three years to gain the right balance of flavour and structure necessary for an undosed Champagne.
Pol Roger's brightly colored, white-golden NV Pure Extra Brut is an undosed blend of equal parts of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier that has been aged four years on the lees. This excellent sparkling wine offers a pure, fresh, precise and yeasty bouquet of white fruits intertwined with lemon aromas, some notes of freshly baked rye bread and very subtle smoky flavors (although the wine has never seen any oak). The mousse is as fine and delicate as you can expect from a Pol Roger, and so is the complexity and refined elegance of this Champagne; it is is truly dry, straight and fresh, but also intense, firmly structured and reveals a nice iodine flavor in the long finish. This wine is as subtle as it is complex, and you should give it a second chance if you tend to underrate the first sip. The finish is really remarkable in its tightness, length and purity. Try it with shellfish!
Score: 93, Stephan Reinhardt, March 2016
Almost shockingly dry at first, the wine then develops a more mature character that broadens out the tight acidity and fruit. Previously described as Brut Nature, it's now designated as Extra Brut, allowing more dosage. It also has depth of flavor, complexity from the fruits, the hint of toast from bottle age. The wine finishes crisply with a fine mineral shot at the end.
Score: 92, Roger Voss, December 1, 2014
Lightly creamy and floral, this vibrant Champagne carries hints of biscuit, lemon parfait, smoke and black currant on the refined mousse. Shows lovely balance, and a lasting, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2020. 7,500 cases imported.
Score: 91, Alison Napjus, December 15, 2014
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