Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2012

Champagne Pol Roger

A favorite of many, the Brut Blanc de Blanc is one of the finest 100% Chardonnay Champagnes produced. This sparkling gem is only released in the finest of vintages.

Terroir This 100% Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from vineyards Grand Cru vineyards of Cramant, Les Mesnil, Oger, Avize and Oiry in the Côte des Blancs.

Vinification: The must undergoes two débourbages (settlings), one at the press house immediately 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 separate. 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.

Additional Information

The Blanc de Blancs 2012 is pale yellow-gold in color 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.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Champagne
  • Winemaker: Damien Cambres
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Dosage: 7 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    "Pol Roger's 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs is excellent, offering up aromas of crisp green apple, freshly baked bread, white flowers and blanched almonds. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and precise, with fine depth at the core, racy acids and a pinpoint mousse, it has shed some of the smoky, gently reductive top notes it displayed two years ago, but equally it hasn't yet arrived at its mature aromatic register—so I'd be inclined to cellar bottles for a few years before revisiting this."
    Grade: 93+ points
  • Score: 91 Points

    Vinous Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
    "The 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs is another attractive Champagne in this trio of 2012s from Pol Roger. Ample and creamy, the 2012 is super-expressive today, with plenty of apricot, brioche, baked apple tart and toasty character. An initial burst of exuberance gives way to greater refinement over time. This is very nicely done."
  • Score: 90 Points

    Vinous Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Friday, January 3, 2020
    "Pol Roger's 2012 Brut Blanc de Blancs is terrific. The natural ripeness of the year amps up the Chardonnay flavors. Rich and ample in the glass, with tons of depth, the 2012 really shines. Readers should expect a pretty big Champagne, but all the elements are nicely balanced. Disgorged: February, 2019."
  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
    "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. Drink now."
    Grade: Cellar Selection
  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Spectator Online Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Monday, November 4, 2019
    "An approachable Champagne, with a soft, creamy bead and a minerally underpinning, this offers a fresh mix of ripe pear, slivered almond and candied lemon zest. Moderate finish. Drink now through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 150 cases imported."
  • Score: 94 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Monday, September 2, 2019
    "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. Drink now."
  • Score: 94 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    "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."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Decanter Author: Simon Field
    Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
    "Soft Welsh-gold in colour, this is subtle yet bristling with energy, with a lively and persistent mousse. The nose is less overtly tropical than sometimes, and all the better for that, with faint notes of oyster shell and smoke beyond an envelope of citric harmony. Almonds and honey are also in evidence. On the palate the carapace of youth fails completely to conceal the impressive potential, its development to be marked by an elegant floral tribute and then a languid, upholstered maturity. Give this one a little more time than usual. Drink between 2020-2026."

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