The Brut Blanc de Blancs 2012 is exclusively made from Chardonnays selected from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs : Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger. Produced in limited quantities, this Cuvée has been aged for 7 years in our cellars before being released onto the market.
The must undergoes two débourbages (settlings), one at the press house immediatly after pressing and the second, a débourbage à froid, in stainless steel tanks at 6°C over a 24 hour period. A slow cool fermentation with the temperature kept under 18°C takes place in stainless steel with each variety and each village kept seperate. The wine undergoes a full malolactic-fermentation prior to final blending. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle at 9°C in the deepest Pol Roger cellars (33 metres below street level) where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) by hand, a rarity in Champagne nowadays. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger is renowned owes much to these deep, cool and damp cellars.
The Blanc de Blancs 2012 is pale yellow-gold in colour with shimmering reflections, enhanced by a fine and elegant stream of lingering bubbles. The nose exudes notes of dried fruits and hazelnut, which combine harmoniously with touches of citrus and exotic fruits. As the wine opens up in the glass, it reveals aromas of peach and apricot. On the palate, the first impression is clear-cut and incisive. The wine beguiles with its balance between vibrant youth and rich maturity. Fresh notes of citrus are underpinned by a bright acidity. The aftertaste is persistent but delicate and leaves a lasting impression of great refinement. This is a champagne bursting with elegance.
In its 160 years of history, Pol Roger has carved out one of the best reputations in the select circle of the leading Champagne brands. This recognition is the fruit of the firm's unwavering dedication to two essential values: excellence and independence. Each of the wines which bears the Pol Roger name is treated as an impeccable ambassador of its history. For five generations, the family's descendants have been equally demanding; remaining loyal to the strategy initiated from the very beginning by the firm's founder. Excellence means the rigorous selection of the vinegrowers the firm works with, but also by strict selection of the grapes bought from them. Family members keep a close eye on all aspects of the operations, including details of the vinification; it also means that the family, in complete independence, chooses the blends which will become the final wines. Excellence and independence are closely linked. One guarantees the continuing existence of the other and vice versa
JAMES HALLIDAY - TOP 100 WINES
This is a sublime Blanc de Blancs, marrying power and finesse, complexity and delicacy, white fruits and a hint of toast. It is 100% Grand Cru, and 100% Cotes de Blancs. Pol Roger has spent well over $20 million upgrading its winery in the last 20 years, money well spent.
WILLIAM KELLEY - WINE ADVOCATE
Disgorged in March 2017, the 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs is excellent, delivering a complex bouquet of warm pastry, dried white flowers, lemon oil and some smoky, gently reductive top notes. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a rich but precise core of fruit that reveals all the concentration of the vintage but is elegantly rendered, underpinned by tangy acids and concluding with a precise, chalky finish.
Such wonderful transparency and clarity in its nature with lightly cooked apples and chalk. Some white pepper. Full body. Totally integrated fruit and acidity and a long and flavorful finish. Love the brightness.
ROGER VOSS - WINE ENTHUSIAST
This beautifully balanced wine aligns the tautness of the Chardonnay with swathes of rich apple and lime flavors. It is vibrant, still ripe with freshness and acidity.
JANCIS ROBINSON MW
Lively, piercing freshness and very lemon-zesty. Appetising and energetic. Just needs a little time to round out and gain a bit more persistence. 17+/20
James Halliday Top 100 Wines of 2019