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 VintageN.V. Label 17 of 50 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerPol Roger (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationBrut Réserve
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionChampagne
SubRegionn/a
AppellationChampagne
UPC Code(s)089744142450, 3260923012000, 3260923032008, 3260924012009, 9300633333157

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2014 (based on 169 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.7 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 914 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rustyRudy on 2/5/2016 & rated 91 points: Several sips at differ temperatures , good regardless. Excellent bubbly! (749 views)
 Tasted by Krassens on 1/8/2016 & rated 91 points: Chalky, salty, juicy, red apples, lemon, nicely balanced, really a treat. (1588 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 1/8/2016 & rated 92 points: Drank on its own before dinner, it was tasting consistent with previous notes. We continued with dinner which was moderately spiced Tikka Masala and it went surprisingly well. I usually drink beer with this dish, but the bubbly did surprisingly well. (1852 views)
 Tasted by bourgogre on 1/2/2016: Pol Roger, c'est un style en soi.
Il se singularise des autres, aux saveurs qui sont plus intenses et aux arômes de pain grillé ou de brioche, par une approche très éthérée .

Un Champagne délicat et filiforme, et la bulle est très fine.
Il ne faut pas le boire froid.
Frais, il permet une lisibilité parfaite de la douceur du vin blanc en arrière plan.
C'est la version légère et nuageuse du Champagne.
J'adore.
Vraiment mon champagne préféré en-dessous de 75$.

(****) (1667 views)
 Tasted by Andrew67 on 1/1/2016 & rated 93 points: Drunk on NYE. Somewhat more fruit driven than I remember previous bottles, but still a lovely wine. Refined and balanced with nice acidity. Great length - my favourite NV Champagne. (805 views)
 Tasted by Torchy on 1/1/2016 & rated 86 points: Ordinary. Nice large mousse. Not very complex, but quite straightforward. (907 views)
 Tasted by americanstorm on 1/1/2016 & rated 90 points: Did not enjoy this bottle as much as others. Nice minerality but not much in the way of fruit. Decient finish. (1392 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 1/1/2016 & rated 88 points: New Years Even 2015 (Kevin and Vicki's): This bottle was purchased from a store where I've drank the wine twice in the last couple weeks, and both times were quite enjoyable. This bottle was significantly worse than that, and the worst showing I've experience so far of this wine. Such a shame. Non-descript, I didn't get any of the powerful oak/lees that I've come to expect from Pol Roger. (1657 views)
 Tasted by Alvinho on 1/1/2016 & rated 90 points: Eye. Sparkling perlage. Creamy. Medium Yellow color.
Nose. White rippen fruits. Sugarkane. Tea.
Palate. Mature with oak ascents, peach, floral, White pêras.

This has little minerality oppose to other labels. (595 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/31/2015 & rated 90 points: New Years Eve Celebration (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. Very fine bead, but not very energetic bead. The palate is pear, yeast, mineral, and a lighter than typical toast. This was similar to the last bottle I had, but not up to some recent bottles. The lack of energy on the bead is interesting. 90+pts. (980 views)
 Tasted by Battersea James on 12/25/2015 & rated 88 points: Overall a nice Champagne but a little too dry for my palate. Perhaps not a fair comparison but the whole party preferred the Ruinart Blanc de Blanc by quite some way. (1191 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 12/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Fresh, lively, citrus, good bubbles really pops! (1138 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Christmas Eve with Family (Dave's, Mpls): Seem like I've had this a lot recently, and I guess that's a good problem to have. Very very good, maybe not quite as toasty as the last couple, 91+pts. (1269 views)
 Tasted by Elvis1969 on 12/20/2015 & rated 86 points: En av mina favorit-NV från de större husen men när den serveras på restaurang i ett smalt flöjtglas blir det inte mycket njutning. Därav det låga betyget. (När jag beställer ber jag alltid om vitvinsglas.) (1601 views)
 Tasted by DStone on 12/19/2015 & rated 91 points: A pretty wine. Shows its pedigree. Served in flutes to enjoy its effervescence, so hard to pull aromas such from it. Not the best price point but is classic Champagne from a classic house. (1527 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 12/14/2015 & rated 91 points: Tasting pour at a wine store tasting. Very good way to start. Fresh, lively, consistent, nice bubbles. Good depth and flavor. (1385 views)
 Tasted by pifcho on 12/14/2015 & rated 90 points: This is really solid and I can see why it is a NV benchmark for a lot of people. A bit richer than I prefer, but has freshness and elegance to go with it. At $40, not the best value. (1867 views)
 Tasted by pavel_p on 12/13/2015 & rated 88 points: NV Champagne tasting (Singapore): Citrus more dominant here compared to the Roederer. Yeast. Also mousse more dense, medium +. This bottle was served a bit too cold so giving it some upside at the right temperature. 88+ (1559 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Sunfish Cellars Holiday Tasting (Sunfish Cellars, St. Paul, MN): Had another opportunity to taste this at a large tasting and it was consistent and every bit as good as a week ago. Back up the truck, this is fantastic at sub 40. (1543 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 12/8/2015 & rated 89 points: Wine Gang 'Ultimate Champagne' (Basement, 67 Pall Mall): Aperitif. Fresh, a touch of cream. Quite a well developed toastiness on the back of the nose. Floral top notes. *** (1778 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 12/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Pol Roger Tasting (Sunfish Cellars): This was served in both a champagne flute and a pinot noir glass to compare. Unfortunately, I was late for the tasting and my wines had sat in their glasses for an hour. The large pinot noir glass had made the wine tired, the nose muted. The flute had kept the wine fresh, complex and delicious, likely due to less oxygen exposure. This is a quality NV champagne in the slightly masculine style. (1607 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/4/2015 & rated 92 points: Pol Roger Tasting (Sunfish Cellars, St. Paul, MN): Light gold color. Drank 2 glasses over 40 minutes. A blend of '08 thru '11 of theoretically equal parts C, PN, and PM. This is every bit as good as the bottle I had a couple of weeks ago. This is classy juice, always reliable, always performs. On the nose there is plenty of yeast, bread dough, lightly toasted, pear, almond. The palate is mid weight plus, pear, tart pear, yeast, almond, mineral, hints of red fruits lurking, lovely mousse and texture. Excellent. (1511 views)
 Tasted by jmull on 11/27/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened immediately following a 2005 DP on Thanksgiving and this wine was considerably larger and more complex, with an alluring mushroomy note along with red fruited notes. Very impressive at $41. (1617 views)
 Tasted by Biggsy on 11/23/2015 & rated 89 points: Citrus nose, almost a bit like chalky lime juice. Really fresh vibrant style, nice lively mousse and crunchy green fruits. A bit more weight on the finish with a bit of a yeasty biscuit character at the back of the palate. (1858 views)
 Tasted by Neras on 11/21/2015 & rated 91 points: Drinking really nicely (1585 views)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report
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By John Gilman
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Antonio Galloni
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By Josh Raynolds
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Vinous, November/December 2005, IWC Issue #123
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By John Kapon
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By Stephen Tanzer
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/30/2013)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light lemon yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; autolytic, hazelnut, almond, tart pear, apple pie filling nose; tasty, poised, autolytic, hazelnut, tart pear, mineral, saline palate; medium-plus finish (1/3 each Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay; also labeled "Pure") 92+ points  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/30/2013)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light yellow color with abundant, speedy, tiny bubbles; yeasty, tart pear, apple nose; tasty, poised, tart pear, mineral palate; medium-plus finish  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/14/2012)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles initially; appealing, tart peach, yeasty, tart pear nose; tart peach, mineral, quince, lime palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/1/2012)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light lemon yellow color; yeasty, baked lemon, mineral nose; tasty, yeasty, mineral, tart pear palate; medium-plus finish (a good buy at under $40)  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/26/2011)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light yellow color; focused, tart pear nose; tart pear, tart apple palate; medium-plus finish (not as good as last year's version)  90 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2010
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Current release. As with the Pure Brut Nature served alongside, this is as usual a blend of approximately one-third each of the three main varieties. This has much more meat to it compared to the non-vintage 'Pure' cuvée, showing subtle elements of apple and biscuit; the Pinot Noir in this blend seems to be rather more expressive. And there is greater breadth to it on the palate as well, this certainly being the benefit of a sensitive dosage. It shows a fuller mousse and a more developed and integrated substance. Polished, still rather reserved but this is certainly accessible. As is often the case, an attractive wine.  16.5+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/27/2010)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light yellow color; tart apple, mineral nose; tart apple, nectarine palate; medium finish  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, March 2010
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) The base vintage here is 2005, the blend the usual one-third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier, and the dosage 10 g/l. A very pale hue in the glass, fresh and crisp and feminine in style, followed by a rather rich and fleshy style on the palate. Quite accessible at present, more so than expected from that crispy-fruit nose, with a broad and fresh presence of fruit here, highlighted by a beautiful floral character. Very fine.  17+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/28/2010)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light yellow color; delicate apple, light peach, honey nose; tasty, delicate, lemon, citrus, mineral palate; medium-plus finish  92 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2010
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) A fresh and fairly pale hue even now, this being my last half bottle from this particular purchase, made in July 2007. The nose has developed in a quite glorious fashion, and now shows some fine honeyed brioche and crunchy, sweet, honey-roasted cashew nut. Delightful palate, fine mousse, very delicate and precisely defined, with deliciously maturing flavours. Fresh, with substance, and a little length, these have been great and very serviceable bottles.  17 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/28/2009)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light yellow color; apple, lime nose; lime, green apple palate; medium finish  89 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/18/2009)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light bright yellow color; light citrus, mineral, fresh apple nose; tight, creamy textured, tart apple, citrus, mineral palate; medium finish  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, May 2009
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Purchased July 2007. Another half bottle from my two cases purchased in Calais. A fairly rich hue, and a fine bead rising from the very centre of the glass. The nose is showing delightful maturity, with little nuances of praline, honey and toffee-coffee aromas. The palate has a fresh mousse, dry and finely poised, with a honey-praline character. A very nice wine, with a good characterful finish and even a little length.  17+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2009)
(NV Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve) Light yellow color; light fresh citrus nose; tart citrus, mineral, lime and tart peach palate with bright, tangy acidity; medium finish 91+ pts.  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, December 2008
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Purchased July 2007. I have worked my way through nearly a dozen of these half bottles, and hardly written a note. Another two halves drunk in the last week has prompted me to do so. This wine has a totally correct appearance, and a very fine bead. There follows an enticing and joyous nose, initially lemony and then richer, with praline maturity. A delicious palate, fleshy and broad, but bright, fresh and balanced. There is plenty of flavour here, and a lovely sappy, organic finish. Fine, complete and really very stylish, this is now drinking very nicely.  17+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, March 2008
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Current release. A sulphurous nose, although it does not obscure the rich white and golden fruits that also reside here, and the traces of honey and nut beneath. A fine style on the palate, there is structure and definition and a fine composition. An elegant style, this is impressive stuff, nicely balancing a slight fruit sweetness and good acidity.  17+ points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (1/2/2008)
(NV Pol Roger Brut) Reminded me of Chablis with bubbles. There was a nice green apple skin quality and pretty dense bubbles and might have lacked a touch of refinement. I have found that to be a problem in 98's - - - lack of refinement.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, August 2007
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Purchased Summer 2007. From a half bottle. In the glass, it has a pale, straw coloured hue, with a sparse but moderately fat bead which corresponds with the wine's youthfulness. The nose is similarly adolescent, showing a little bready-yeasty character, but also with the characteristics of Pinot Noir which in a young wine gives, as it does here, lots of fresh apples and notes of biscuit. The palate has a good style, a gentle and creamy nature, still a little angular and foamy in character though, but one has to remember that this wine has only just been released. It is attractive, flavoursome, but a touch forceful and obvious, and the profile is very youthful like that found on the nose. It rounds off with a nice, appealingly bitter finish. Here is a wine that is entertaining to drink now, and serves its purpose as a refreshing agent and a lifter of spirits well, but it will undoubtedly benefit from a year or two in the cellar, and I will certainly enjoy watching how it develops over that time period. During that time I would expect the Pinot characteristics to change and mature to a deeper, more meaty character, and while it retains its aromatics it should be fine.  16.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, March 2007
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Current release. Rather reserved, withdrawn, just a little nutty. Served incredibly cold which makes assessment difficult. I left it to warm in the glass. The mousse is good and taut. Refined style, full and creamy. Really well composed, with a little finesse showing on the palate. Delicious.  16.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, May 2005
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Finesse here. Light bready notes, with white fruits. A light bead. Quite sharp acidity, firm and persistent mousse, and a somewhat angular finish. I think this just needs a year or so in the cellar.  15.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2004
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Restaurant stock. A lovely fresh nose. Very typical style on the palate, a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Rich, flavoursome, but with a trace of elegance; lovely balance. Very good.  16 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, January 2004
(NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve) Restaurant stock. Pol Roger NV is a blend of roughly equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Good bead. Fresh, yeasty-toasty nose. Good yeasty palate, balanced acidity. Typical Pol Roger class.  16 points
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Pol Roger

Producer website
Pol Roger is one of the few remaining family-owned grande marque Champagne houses. Their grande marque status was guaranteed at the turn of the century when about 20 producers banded together
to establish exacting quality controls for Champagne. The annual production at Pol Roger - less than 120,000 cases - is found in the best restaurants of France, England, and the USA, and is exported to
over 30 countries. Pol Roger also was the Champagne of choice of British dignitary Sir Winston Churchill, who once said of Champagne, "...In victory I deserve it, and in defeat I need it!".

N.V. Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve

* ASSEMBLAGE Pinot Noir ~ Chardonnay ~ Pinot Meunier
* A Title and "Trademark": Pol Roger Non ~ Vintage has long been instantly recognizable not only for the classic script of the label , but for the distinctive white foil closure which forms its "Trademark"; hence the popular sobriquet "White Foil". Its is often remarked in Champagne that a House's quality should be judged by its Non ~ Vintage. This is a doctrine to which Pol Roger are firm adherents. The blending of their most popular Cuvee (blend) is a source of particular pride, a complex task that is the exclusive preserve of a select circle of family members. The style is versatile, suited to most "champagne occasions" . "White Foil" can be enjoyed as an aperitif, as a complement to a meal, or at any time as the elixir of celebration.
* Composition of the Cuvee : The guiding principles of blending are the achievement of harmony and consistency. The "White Foil" blend is traditionally composed from around 30 still base wines, drawn from different vineyard sites ('crus'). grape varieties {'cepages'} and vintage years. The blend contains approximately one third each of the classic grape varieties of Champagne:
* 33% Pinot Noir (contributing body, depth of character and life extending tannins) drawn primarily from villages of the Montagne de Reims : Verzy, Verzenay, MaiUy, Ambonnay, Mardeuil, Louvois.
* 33% Pinot Meunier (for youthful freshness, vigour and plump fruit character) drawn from the Vallee de la Marne and the Petire Vallee d'Epernay : Vincell es, Venreuil, Troissy, Damery, Vandieres, Brugny Chavot, Monthelon and Pierry.
* 33% Chardonnay (giving lightness. elegance and finesse) from Epernay and the heart of the Cote des Blancs : Cuis, Oiry, Oger, Vertus, Moussy, Chollilly.
* Average Age "White Foil" is never sold until the youngest component is a minimum of 3 yea rs old, notwithstanding the rules of the CIVC (Comire Inrerprofessionel du Vin de Champagne) which permit the release of wines after only 15 months. This additional maturity contributes much to the reputation "White Foil" enjoys. "White Foil" generally contains the wines of at least two vintages, often three or four. Reserve wines compose between 20-30% of the traditional blend.
* Special Features of Production: "White Foil" is composed of wines drawn only from the Cuvee (the first, light pressing) and, where appropriate, the taille (second pressing), which provides a higher proportion of essential tannins. After clarification of the "must" (grape juice) at 8C, a process unique to Pol Roger, the temperature of fermentation is closely controlled to ensure the optimum retention of fresh fruit character and aromas. The process is carried out in neutral vessel s; Pol Roger believe that fermentation in oak barrels, the method retained by some Champagne Houses, leads to the substitution of woody flvours in place of the freshness of the grape, which all their methods are designed to capture. The Pol Roger cellars. extending to some 7 km, are among the coolest (at c. 9.5°C) and deepest in Epernay, the lowest gallery being some 33 metres underground. These provide perfect conditions for the secondary fermentation and period of rest on the lees : the resultant, exquisite mousse of tiny bubbles is a Pol Roger hallmark. Pol Roger believe in traditional remuage ('riddling') and retain four skilled 'remueurs' in their cellars. Afrer remuage, and a final disgorgement (disgorging), bottles if "White Foil" are rested for a minimum period on either side of the Channel before being sold. The Pol Roger Non-Vintage Cuvee is marketed worldwide under the specification ' Brut', with a dosage (sweetening) of c. 12 grammes per litre.

Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Champagne

Le Champagne (Le comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) | Grandes Marques & Maisons de Champagne (Union des Maisons de Champagne)

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Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

Champagne

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