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Pol Roger Brut Reserve

$86.99 per bottle

Variety: Champagne
Brand: Pol Roger
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Vintage: 2014
Alc/Vol: 12.5%
Size: 750ml
Product Code: 3002
Availability: In stock
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Pol Roger Non-Vintage has long been instantly recognisable not only for the classic script of the label, but for the distinctive white foil closure


Pol Roger Brut Reserve

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A Title & Trademark

Pol Roger Non-Vintage has long been instantly recognisable 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'

It 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 cuvée (blend) is a source of a particular pride, a complex task that is the exclusive preserve of a select circle of family members.

The style us versatile, suited to most 'Champagne occasions'.  'Whitet Foil' can be enjoyed as an apertif, 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 ('cépages') and vintage years.  The blend contains approximately one third each of the classic grape varieties of Champagne:

c.33% Pinot Noir (contributing body, depth of character and life extending tannins) drawn primarily from villages of the Montagne de Reims: Verzy, Verzenay, Mailly, AMbonnay, Mardeuil, Louvois

c.33% Pinot Meunier (for youthful freshness, vigour and plump fruit character) drawn from the Vallée da la Marne and the Petite Vallée d'Epernay: Vincelles, Venteuil, Troisy, Damery, Vandiéres, Brugny Chavot, Monthelon and Pierry.

c.33% Chardonnay (giving lightness, elegance and finesse) from Epernay and the heart of the Côte des Blancs: Cuis, Oiry, Oger, Vertus, Moussy, Chouilly.

Average Age

'White Foil' is never sold until the youngest component is a minimum of 3 years old, notwithstanding the rulles of the CIVC (Comité Interprofessionel 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 from the cuvée (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 8°C, 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 neurtral vessels; Pol Roger belive that fermentation in oak barrles, the method retained by some Champagne Houses, leads to the substitution of woody flavours in place of freshness of the grape, which all their methods are designed to capture.

The Pol Roger cellars, extending to some 7km, are amongst the coolest (at c.9.5°C) and deepest in Epernay, the lowest gallery being some 33 meteres underground.  These provide perfect conditions for the secondary fermanation and period of rest on the lees : the resultant, exquisite mousse of tiny bubbles is a Pol Roger hallmark.

Pol Roger belive in traditional remuage ('riddling) and retain four skilled 'remueurs' in their cellars.  After remuage, and a final dégorgement (disgorging) bottles of 'White Foil' are 'rested' for a minimum periode on either side of the Channel before being sold.

The Pol Roger Non-Vintage Cuvée is marketed worldwide under the specification 'Brut', with dosage (sweetening) of c.12 grammes per litre.

--Pol Roger

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