Brut Rosé Vintage 2008

Champagne Pol Roger

Pol Roger only produces the Brut Rosé in vintage years. The wine is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay vinified blanc from 20 1er and Grand Crus in the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs regions. The remaining 15% is Pinot Noir that has been vinified “en rouge” and then added to the final blend prior to the second fermentation.

Vinification: 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.

Additional Information

A deep salmon pink color with a fine stream of small bubbles. The nose has aromas of ripe fruits with elements of citrus fruits (blood orange), pomegranate and small wild red berries. On the palate, a deep mineral character fine, creamy ripeness and a hint of vanilla. The wine is tender and smooth with a balance of delicate freshness and refined elegance. A discreet vinosity with a clean and precise finish.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Champagne
  • Winemaker: Damien Cambres
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Dosage: 8 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Gayot Author: Amy Reiley
    Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    The Best Rosé Champagnes on the Market -- "The 2008 Rosé is bursting with ripe fruits on the nose, including pomegranate, red currant and raspberry. These fruit flavors continue on the palate, along with a backbone of tangerine acidity and faint minerality. A tease of vanilla on the finish rounds out the experience."
  • Score: 100 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
    "One of the great Champagnes both for its richness and its longevity, this latest incarnation is superb. The wine’s richness is linked to the ripe fruit and the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend. It also shines in the perfect balance between the texture, the minerality and the integration of the fruit. It can be enjoyed now, but it will be better from 2020 and then for many years to come."
    Grade: #4 - Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2018
  • Score: 92 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
    Some dried rose-like flowers as well as an array of red and darker cherry fruit aromas and flavors. Quiet, fleshy and bold, the structure and acidity of the vintage carries it perfectly. Pastry-like finish. Drink now.
  • Score: 92 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
    (65% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay, SRP $130, 9g/L). Mild reduction doesnt completely mask the otherwise pretty nose that combines notes of strawberry, cherry, lemon rind and yeast nuances. There is excellent punch tothe utterly delicious flavors that are supported by a very lively mousse, indeed this could accurately be described as foamy, all wrapped in a nicely dry and complex finish. This is a lovely ros in that its not excessively fruit nor is it sweet and while this could certainly be enjoyed now it could also be aged to good effect depending on your preferences.
  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
    This ripe wine with its red fruits and well balanced texture is beautifully ready to drink, with just the right crisp acidity to balance the soft richness. There is no sign yet of maturity, the fruit from this great vintage showing at its perfumed best. Drink the wine now.
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
    Flavors of strawberries and cream, singed orange peel and macaroon are layered on the finely meshed frame of this rich rose Champagne. Elegant finish. Drink now through 2028.

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