Pol-ished steel…

Pol-ished steel…
A new Pol Roger vintage is always worthy of note, but particularly so when it comes from the soon-to-be-legendary 2012 vintage. It was a season that was hit by both hail and frost before the weather turned and warm dry conditions settled over Champagne from late July to September. This provided a huge fillip to crop that had been naturally thinned and made for perfect end of season ripening. The resulting crop was small but perfectly formed - the wines have a level of concentration and intensity that will see them age beautifully, sitting somewhere between the ripeness of 2002 and the energy and drive of 2008.

We tasted this release yesterday and it undoubtedly leans towards the 2008 end of the spectrum. It is clearly extremely good, if tightly wound – this is one vintage release that we recommend laying down for at least five years. Aromatically crisp with lemon tart and verbena notes leading to an explosive almost crunchy palate that is driven by a steely acid line with green apple and pear notes and a fine salty finish. The mousse is pixelated and energetic but composed of very fine bubbles. True to the Pol style, it is definitely built to age.

The blend this year is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, released with 7 grams of dosage after 7 years sur lie. Stocks are in the UK, ready for delivery in two weeks.


2012
 
6x75cl
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£310.00 ep
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3x150cl
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£385.00 ep
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