Distinctly open and forthcoming, the toasty richness, red fruit, melted butter and exotic tones of pineapple and peach are complimented by a vibrant citrus character. This is beautifully weighted, thoroughly moreish and indulgent. Whilst there is great pleasure to be had from drinking this now and is not perhaps a classic laying down vintage, there is nonetheless an impeccable balance that should happily see it through the next 5 or 6 years. The 2004 Pol Roger 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 2004 has been aged for 8 years in Pol Rogers cellars before disgorgement.
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.
Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.