Many producers are comparing the 2009 vintage to past great vintages such as 1982 and 1989. The best grapes in 2009 came from Montagne de Reims and Ay, in which the Pinot Noir is viewed as particularly exceptional. As such 2009 is a superb vintage for Pinot Noir dominate cuvees and the chief among these is Pol Roger, largely viewed as one of the most brilliantly priced leading vintage Champagnes on the market. Pol Roger Vintage 2009 is reflected in its traditional house blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, and in 2009 it is a clear beneficiary of the vintages splendour. Moreover, the grapes were sourced from 20 Grands Cru and 1er Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and Cote des Blancs.
Pol Roger is one of the most prestigious and renowned leading Champagne houses. The 2009 has spent eight years ageing in their cellars and today we are delighted to offer the newest release of Pol Roger Brut, a Champagne that in our opinion is the best value money can buy, at £275 per case of six in bond. There is a notable vintage premium for older of Pol Roger Brut; the 1996 trades at £450 per case of six bottles, the 1990 at £750, the 1979 at £1,350, and the 1945 at £12,500. As such, at just £46 per bottle the 2009 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.
The 2009 abounds with minerality, flinty with oyster shell, this is combined with verve and voluptuous mouth-feel. There is plenty of depth, expressing white nectarines, peaches, green apple, brioche and hazelnut. The finish is creamy, multifarious in its flavour profile, harmonious and refreshing.
Pol Roger Brut 2009, 6×75 – £275 IB
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