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Champagne Pol Roger - Pure Brut (NV)


Summary: Pol Roger Pure has been created to complete the Pol Roger range of champagnes and to offer new sensations to connoisseurs.

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: Once harvested, the grapes are immediately and delicately pressed. The must undergoes a first débourbage (settling) at the press house and a second in our winery, à froid (at 6°C) over a 24 hour period. The alcoholic fermentation takes place at a low temperature (18°C) in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, with each variety and the production of each village kept separate until final blending. All our wines go through a malolactic fermentation. After tasting, blending and bottling, the secondary fermentation (prise de mousse) and maturing take place in the cool atmosphere of our cellars located 33 metres below street level. Each bottle is given a traditional remuage (hand riddling) before disgorging and dosage, and the wines rest for a minimum of three months before being released.

Additional Details edit

The golden color, dense and shining, is sprinkled with thousands of tiny bubbles. The nose displays refined and complex notes of clove flowers and rose aromas developing into hints of bread crumbs, yeast and citrus fruit, which as they mingle, form a lively and fresh body. On the palate, the first attack, straight and fine as an arrow is surprising, compared to the mature and concentrated nose. But this firm texture seems to act as a chisel enhancing a sumptuous wine, well-structured and fine. The aftertaste develops subtle aromas of honey and cloves giving the wine more depth and contributing to its good length.

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Champagne
  • Winemaker: Damien Cambres
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
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  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Dosage: zero
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  • Pack Size: 12/750ml, 6/1.5L
  • Varietals: 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier

Recent News edit

The Wine Advocate Rating: 92

Author: William Kelley

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

"The new release of Pol Roger's NV Extra-Brut Pure is showing nicely, unwinding in the glass with notes of pear, orange, pink grapefruit, smoke and rye toast. Medium to full-bodied, chiseled and incisive, it's taut and tightly wound, with fine depth at the core, brisk acids and a pinpoint mousse, concluding with a dry finish."

Wine Spectator Rating: 91

Author: Alison Napjus

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

"This crackles with acidity, yet the plush mousse softens and balances the overall impression, carrying the finely woven flavors of Marcona almond, green apple and crunchy white peach fruit. Accents of lemon pith and fleur de sel play on the finish. Drink now through 2025."

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92

Author: Roger Voss

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

"Dry, certainly, but also with the richness always associated with this producer, the Champagne is full of freshness with white fruit and a tight, mineral texture. This style demands some more bottle age, so drink this bottling from 2021."

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92

Author: Roger Voss

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

"While this wine is dry, it is dominated by well-structured, ripe white-fruit flavors. Lively acidity and a refreshing character are well integrated into the citrus and perfumed apple flavors. Drink the bottling now." Rating: 93

Author: James Suckling

Date: Monday, September 2, 2019

"A creamy and clean Champagne with lemon curd, lightly cooked apples and hints of chalk. Full body. Lovely balance to this zero-dosaged wine. Drink now."

The Wine Advocate Rating: 90

Author: William Kelley

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

"Based on the 2014 vintage and incorporating 25% reserve wines from the 2013, 2012 and 2011 vintages, the NV Extra Brut Pure offers up notes of crisp peaches, iodine, green apple and freshly baked bread. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, tensile and racy, with none of the asperity that some zero dosage Champagnes can reveal, concluding with a chalky finish. This is a well-balanced Extra Brut that fits in well in Pol Roger's impressively consistent portfolio."

Your Tango

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

11 Best Low-Sugar Wines (To Enjoy The Buzz Without The Guilt) -- "Under 1 gram of sugar per liter, Pol Roger Pure was created to complete the Pol Roger range of champagnes and to offer new sensations to connoisseurs. 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."

Wine Spectator Rating: 92

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."

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92

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."

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."

The Wine Advocate Rating: 93

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!"

Decanter Rating: 88

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."

Vinous Rating: 91

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."

Wine Spectator Rating: 91

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."

International Wine Cellar Rating: 90

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. "

Burghound Rating: 90

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."

Snooth Editorials Rating: 91

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."

International Wine Cellar Rating: 91

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."

Wine & Spirits Rating: 90

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."

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92

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."

The Wine Advocate Rating: 88

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."

Wine Spectator Online Rating: 89

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."

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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The Wine News Rating: 89

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.”

The Wine Advocate Rating: 88

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.”

Patterson's The Tasting Panel Rating: 92

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.”

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 91

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.”

Wine Spectator Rating: 88

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.”

Burghound Rating: 88

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