Pure Brut (NV)

Champagne Pol Roger


Pol Roger Pure has been created to complete the Pol Roger range of champagnes and to offer new sensations to connoisseurs. 2007 brought the release of two extensions to the Pol Roger line up; Pure and Rich.

Brought out in 2008, this cuvée is above all an exercise in the House style, where we have endeavoured to achieve a wine in its most natural state whilst respecting the spirit of the different champagnes we produce.Seeking to closely guard the authentic expression of the diversity of terroirs, this undosed champagne is produced from the perfect balance between the three grape varieties, blended in equal proportions. The achievement of such a balance and structure has been the fruit of a long lasting labour. The choice of the cuvées for blending and of the ageing period of at least four years required all the rigour reflected in this wine.

Vinification: Pure Brut is a zero dosage Champagne made with equal parts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier and aged for 3 years in cellar prior to release.

Additional Information

“The golden color, dense and brilliant, is shot through with thousands of bubbles. The fresh and lively nose expresses a fine, complex register of cloves and roses, developing into hints of bread crumbs, yeast and citrus fruit. In the mouth, the attack is fine and straight as an arrow, surprising after the mature, concentrated nose. This firm texture acts like a carving, resulting in a sumptuous wine that is fine and well-structured. The aromas of honey and clove come through with subtlety, giving the wine extra depth and contributing to its good length.” -Laurent D’Harcourt

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Champagne
  • Winemaker: Damien Cambres
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Dosage: zero
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
    "Rich notes of almond biscotti, baked currant and lemon pastry cream are well-balanced by racy acidity and a pure tang of salinity that crackles on the fine, satiny finish. Drink now through 2022."
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    "This producer gives this style of bone-dry Champagne just the right bottle aging to allow it soften and fill out with ripe fruit. Of course, it still has crispness as well as a tight mineral texture. Together with the fruit, the elements are balanced, right in place, giving a wine that is ready to drink."
  • LeslieSbrocco.com Author: Leslie Sbrocco
    Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
    "A newer wine from a historic producer that captures the snap of freshness and dryness that an Extra-Brut wine can deliver. With oysters, its magnificent."
  • Score: 93 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
    Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    "Pol Roger's brightly colored, white-golden NV Pure Extra Brut is an undosed blend of equal parts of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier that has been aged four years on the lees. This excellent sparkling wine offers a pure, fresh, precise and yeasty bouquet of white fruits intertwined with lemon aromas, some notes of freshly baked rye bread and very subtle smoky flavors (although the wine has never seen any oak). The mousse is as fine and delicate as you can expect from a Pol Roger, and so is the complexity and refined elegance of this Champagne; it is is truly dry, straight and fresh, but also intense, firmly structured and reveals a nice iodine flavor in the long finish. This wine is as subtle as it is complex, and you should give it a second chance if you tend to underrate the first sip. The finish is really remarkable in its tightness, length and purity. Try it with shellfish!"
  • Score: 88 Points

    Decanter Author: Richard Juhlin
    Date: Monday, January 4, 2016
    "Straw lemon color then a nose of summer pudding and sour honey. The palate marries white chocolate, generous green fruit and a hint of spice."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Vinous Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
    " Light yellow-gold. Aromas of candied lime, green apple and jasmine expand with aeration, picking up notes of tarragon, ginger and fresh fig. Dry, tightly wound citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by a chalky mineral quality that gains strength on the back half. Finishes dry but broad and fleshy, leaving a gentle floral note behind."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
    "Lightly creamy and floral, this vibrant Champagne carries hints of biscuit, lemon parfait, smoke and black currant on the refined mousse. Shows lovely balance, and a lasting, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2020."
  • Score: 90 Points

    International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Monday, December 17, 2012
    "(made from one-third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, with no dosage; L12791848J): Pale gold. Minerals, lemon rind, green apple and white pepper aromas show very good clarity. Racy, somewhat austere and sharply focused, with vibrant citrus fruit flavors leavened by subtle lees and smoke notes. Finishes tight and long, with nervy acidity and lingering spiciness. "
  • Score: 90 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    "A wonderfully elegant very pretty nose of citrus, brioche and floral nuances gives way to robust flavors that possess a borderline aggressive effervescence. There is a real sense of vibrancy here that is enhanced by the clean, crisp and lightly citrus-infused finish that displays just a hint of bitterness that good Champagne sometimes does."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Snooth Editorials Author: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Date: Friday, December 30, 2011
    "Lots of yeast on the nose is followed by a real rush of dried lemon and orange peels, over a deep base of toasty brioche and crisp apple fruit. Soft and rich in the mouth, this is dry with steely apple flavors and a nice hint of chalk, with some light spice tones accenting the fruit. This has a super fine mousse, doing a great job of combining depth of flavor with elegance and delicacy. Dry and tense, this is a lovely choice for caviar."
    Grade: 9 Top Champagnes
  • Score: 91 Points

    International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Thursday, December 22, 2011
    "Pale gold. Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of lemon, orange and green apple, with intense spice and jasmine qualities adding complexity. Racy and sharply focused on the palate, offering vibrant citrus fruit flavors and deeper honey and lees nuances on the back half. Finishes dry and lucid, with the floral and mineral notes echoing. This cuvee received no dosage."
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
    Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
    "A dry, austere style with fine bubbles, this shows some oxidative notes in its flavors of apples and pears. The emphasis is on mineral earthiness."
    Grade: Year's Best 2011
  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Friday, November 11, 2011
    "This is Pol Roger's absolutely bone-dry Champagne. It is an exhilarating wine, pure by name and by its crisp citrus fruit and tight texture. It does have some of the typical weight of Pol Roger Champagnes, but with an edge. Let it breath in the glass for a few moments, which will bring out some extra richness."
  • Score: 88 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Thursday, December 30, 2010
    "The NV Brut Nature Extra Cuvée de Reserve Pure is an attractive, mid-weight Champagne with excellent delineation, fine overall balance and a round, pleasing finish."
  • San Francisco Chronicle Author: Peter Liem
    Date: Monday, December 13, 2010
    "Pol Roger's non-dosé is made from a different selection of base wines than the regular non-vintage brut, showing greater personality and depth of flavor."
    Grade: Fine-tuning Champagne- without a dose of sweetness
  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Spectator Online Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
    "Dry, featuring ample flesh and yeasty bread dough flavors, as well as an underlying citrus and green apple edge. This is austere on the finish, with a hint of chalk."
  • DrinksAreOnMe.net Author: Dale Cruse
    Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010
    Imagine putting a pit bull on a leash into your mouth - & liking it.

    It seems the more someone gets into wine, the more that person craves acid. I know I’ve tasted acidic wines ranging from Riesling to Gruner Veltliner & back again but I don’t think I’ve ever put anything as close to pure battery acid in my gaping maw & enjoyed it like this Pol Roger Pure Brut. Holy tooth enamel stripper, I’ve never had anything quite like this in my mouth before!

    Like many Champagnes, this is a classic blend of 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir & 33% Pinot Meunier. Many “Brut” Champagnes receive a dose of sugar while in the cellar. It serves to round out the flavor. But some, like this “Pure Brut” example receive no such dosage. The lack of sugar lays this Champagne bare for all to see.

    If pure, restrained power turns you on, this Pol Roger Pure Brut is the Champagne for you.

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  • Score: 89 Points

    The Wine News Author: Other
    Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
    “White-gold hue with small, effusive bubbles. Generous minerality on the nose with suggestions of cut apple and a hint of citrus. Bone-dry with a chalky minerality that begs for food. A touch of white flower and crisp apple qualities frame the medium finish.”
  • Score: 88 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Monday, January 11, 2010
    “The NV Brut Nature Extra Cuvée de Reserve Pure is an attractive offering redolent of chalk, flowers, minerals and white peaches. The wine reveals good length and balance on a medium-bodied frame. This is Lot L9189165, disgorged: April, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2013.”
  • Score: 92 Points

    Patterson's The Tasting Panel Author: Anthony Dias Blue
    Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2009
    “Edgy and pure with balance and finesse; zero dosage makes it crisp, dry and diamond bright with racy acidity and pinpoint flavors.”
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
    Date: Monday, November 2, 2009
    “Pol Roger’s excursion into a bone-dry Champagne brings a house style with natural weight up against an almost bony wine style. The resulting mix is certainly dry, edgy, very crisp, leaning toward austere. Extra bottle time would help the wine to gain weight and flesh out the structure.”
  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Monday, November 2, 2009
    “This dry bubbly shows lemon and apple flavors, with a hint of honey, turning slightly austere on the finish and ending with a white pepper accent. Moderate length.”
  • Score: 88 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009
    “As the name suggests, this is clean, lacy, pure and elegant aromatically with a nose that reflects both floral and citrus hints, the latter of which continues onto the crisp and relatively tight flavors that are moderately dry."
  • Tom Stevenson, author of Christie's & Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedias Author: Tom Stevenson
    Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
    Dear Patrice (of Pol Roger): I think you know my negative views on Brut Nature, which seems to be flavour of the month in Champagne these days. I certainly don't want to taste sugar in a brut-style Champagne, but the lower the dosage, the coarser and more aldehydic Champagne evolves following the oxidative shock of disgorgement, so there has to be a certain minimum 7-9g perhaps, although I am often very happy with 9-11g. It's almost impossible to get this style right, so when I first heard about Pol Roger's new cuvee, I thought "Oh no, not Pol Roger too!" Coming from Pol Roger, I knew that it could not be bad, and I hoped that it would be quite good, but I never expected that it would be, quite simply, the best Brut Nature I have ever tasted. It is aptly named "Pure" because it has great purity of fruit, which boasts both precision and sumptuousness. No Brut Nature should be aged, and Pol Roger's "Pure" is no exception: it is best consumed on purchase, but it is in a different league from all the rest. I ts skilful blend of freshness with some softly-aged components and lovely acids, allows it to achieve an unprecedented level of instant class and finesse. And how on earth do you get such a silky mousse straight off the shelf? My hat comes off to Pol Roger for producing such a great and delightful Champagne from my least favourite style! Best Tom Stevenson
    Grade: Letter to Patrice Noyelle, Pol Roger from Tom Stevenson

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