Champagne’s geographical location engenders capricious weather. For this reason, since their foundation in 1849 Pol Roger has observed the tradition of not releasing a vintage-dated champagne unless the climatic conditions permitted the production of grapes of outstanding ripeness. A vintage champagne must, above all else, be a balanced champagne. This balance depends on the right blend of healthy grapes, a good potential alcohol and correct acidity. The first criterion for declaring a vintage wine is its capacity to age. Devotees who have the patience to age their champagnes are rewarded with a much more complex and richer wine.
The 2002 Brut Vintage from Champagne Pol Roger is made from the traditional house vintage blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers crus vineyards in the “montagne de Reims” and the “côte des blancs”. Produced only in limited quantities the Brut Vintage 2002 has been aged for 9 years in our cellars before being released onto the market.
- FRA - Champagne
" Light gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of citrus fruits, quince and white flowers, along with subtle sea salt and iodine nuances and slow-building toastiness. Sappy, penetrating and pure, offering assertive Meyer lemon and pear flavors and complicating notes of anise and ginger. I'd have guessed that there was more chardonnay in here. Finishes with outstanding clarity and thrust, leaving a spicy quality behind." Rating 96 - Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar
"Exuberant, yet graceful overall, with rich notes of ripe pineapple, guava, honey and baked peach mixing with a minerally undertow and accents of grated ginger, biscuit and fresh quince. Mouthwatering finish" Rating 93 - Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
No reservations or caveats here. This is the best Pol Vintage I’ve tasted since the magnificent 1982. A wine as great as this is difficult to describe adequetely. No single, especially marked characteristic, just every element-fruit, extract, acidity, texture, vinosity-together making a complete whole ; the harvest was ideal, warm throughoutbut not to hot. Still a very youthful Champagbne, with 20 years of life ahead ; ans so much in reserve, thanks to the inspired non-oxidative winemaking. Exquisite Rating 19.5/20 - Michael Edwards, The world of Fine Wine
"The most recent vintage release from Pol Roger is this superb 2002. Notes of apple, almond, citrus and a hint of toast mingle together effortlessly. It can be consumed now, especially with food, but its mixture of maturity and freshness promise to age beautifully for many years to come." Rating 92 - Wine Enthusiast
"This is beginning to display the initial hints of maturity with a hint of reduction to the otherwise pretty notes of baked bread, lemon rind and green apple. There is excellent complexity to the reserved and moderately austere finish that is not quite bone dry but its close to it. This is a very classy but aloof effort that will most please those who enjoy a certain restraint and understatement to their bubbles. As the description would suggest this could be enjoyed now or held for a few more years first." Rating 92 - Burghound
Winery Tasting Notes
A golden yellow straw-like colour, bright and full of intensity with attractive lingering bubbles.
A fine nose with enticing notes of fresh honey, candied grapefruit and lime.
On the palate a dominating fruitiness with light biscuit character. A full and long texture displaying freshness and
vinosity. e wine is balanced with remarkable harmony. An amazingly pure champagne.
The Brut Vintage 2002 enhances fine dishes of distinctive character, like chicken with a foie gras stuffing, capon with morel mushrooms, chicken supreme…