Pol Roger 2006 displays a luminous golden colour and opens up with classically Pol notes of biscuit and toasted almonds. The richness of this season displays itself in a textured, very delicious way as flavours of yellow plum and peach fan out across the palate, held aloft by a fine but lightly crunchy bead. Brioche notes and more delicate suggestions of almond blossom and fine rock salt play out on the long and layered finish. One need have very little reservation about opening a bottle of this very moreish champagne now, while the patient can happily put a case or two away to allow more mature notes to emerge.
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.