Precision and focus are the hallmarks of this Pol Roger release. It is exceptionally long and pure, delicious now but clearly destined for greatness if you have the patience to give it some time in the cellar. The cool growing season combined with Pol’s rich, dry style has produced a wine of high-definition with a fine creamy mousse and chiselled flavours of fine brioche, citrus oils and chalk that linger long on the palate – it is mouth-watering stuff and we cannot wait to follow its evolution in the years to come.
Justerini & Brooks has long been a great supporter of Pol Roger. Going back to the 19th Century records show that we bought a handsome parcel of the 1874, a great vintage that put Pol Roger on the map. The most fascinating episode in their history, though, was in 1914 when Epernay was invaded on the 4th September. The occupation did not last long, however, and as the allies pushed back, Maurice Pol Roger was allowed just enough time to coordinate the harvest, on the 21st September. It was a challenge gathering a picking team but he succeeded and as a result Pol Roger was one of the very few Champagnes made that year.