Robert Parker: The estate’s 2000 Brut Extra Cuvee de Reserve (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay) is rich and creamy-textured in its generous expression of honey, apricots and roasted nuts. With some time in the glass, notes of smokiness and minerals emerge, adding further complexity. This medium-bodied wine possesses notable harmony and balance, with terrific length and a long, sweet finish. Simply put, this is gorgeous stuff. This bottle was disgorged December 4th, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019.
Pol Roger is one of Champagne’s historic houses. I have long admired the estate’s Champagnes for their superb balance and gracefulness. This year I found the best wines at the bottom and top of the ranges, while the mid-level wines revealed some inconsistency, something that is not uncommon among properties of this size. The tete de cuvee, Sir Winston Churchill, named after the estate’s most famous customer, is often among the finest wines in the region. Lot numbers are stamped on the corks, but it would be nice to see Pol Roger indicate the disgorgement date on its labels.
Årgang 2002 rating:
Robert Parker: 93P