Pol Roger is one of the most prestigious and renowned leading Champagne houses, famed for their stunning special cuvee Winston Churchill and their other well priced vintage releases, Pol Roger Brut and Blanc de Blanc. Today we are delighted to offer the newest release of Pol Roger Brut 2008, a Champagne that in our opinion is the best value money can buy. Only Jancis Robinson has tasted the Brut 2008 so far, which she gives an impressive 18/20, stating ‘really very dramatic… really exciting’ before considering that it may be ‘a worthy successor to the 2002?’ – high praise indeed.

The 2008 vintage has been highly anticipated in a decade that has already produced so much quality in Champagne; 2002, 2004 and 2006 are all superb. 2008 was initially a slightly challenging vintage, however, ripening conditions were perfect; sunny days and cool nights lead to an outstanding harvest. Antonio Galloni is also suitably impressed with this great vintage, highlighting ‘a rare blend of power and finesse, with the structure and acidity to age gracefully’. He goes on to say ‘Expect plenty of classic, nervy Champagnes that will reward patience without necessarily requiring it’.

In addition to this high acclaim, its worth noting that the Pol Roger Blanc de Blanc 2008 released last year and surpassed the 2002 in quality. We expect similar things from the vintage Brut, which is yet another vintage set to rival the legendary 1996 vintage. There is a notable vintage premium for older vintages of Pol Roger Brut; the 1996 trades at £450 per case of six bottles, the 1990 at £750 and the 1979 at £1,350. As such, at just £46 per bottle the 2008 is worth securing on release whether to drink now or cellar and savour for years to come.

Pol Roger started producing Champagne in 1849, based in the town of Epernay and it continues to this day to be run by his descendants. The Estate, relative to the other major houses, has a low production, producing only 110,000 cases across their range, including their leading non-vintage, the Vintage and their Sir Winston Churchill prestige wine. Pol Roger has strong ties to the UK market; it was the favourite Champagne of Winston Churchill and currently holds the Royal Warrant as purveyors of Champagne to Queen Elizabeth II. Pol Roger Brut 2008 is a magnificent cuvee, the blend consists of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, aged for nine years in in their cellar in Epernay.

Pol Roger Brut 2008, 6×75 – £275 IB, 18/20 Points, Jancis Robinson

Really quite broad and ripe on the nose with mildly floral notes and a hint of putty. Really very dramatic! Even a hint of marzipan. Creamy texture with a little bruised apple acidity. Admirably long. Really exciting. Is this a worthy successor to the 2002?