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Champagne Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2013
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The 2013 Brut Blanc de Blancs is exclusively made from chardonnays selected from the grands crus of the Côte des Blancs : Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. A very fine and elegant, buttered croissant and peach-scented Champagne.
Pol Roger founded his eponymous house in 1849 and earned his living largely by making Champagne for other houses. Although the business started without an inch of vineyard to its name, it gradually acquired land of its own and now has 55 hectares in and around Epernay, including important sites on the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims as well as numerous other vineyard plantings.
Pol Roger was known to be the favourite Champagne of Winston Churchill who was quoted as proclaiming, “In victory, deserve it. In defeat, need it!”. The prestige wine, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, was released as a tribute and although the blend is a closely guarded secret, it is believed to be pinot noir-dominated, reflecting the style that Churchill preferred.
Still run by descendants of the founder, Pol Roger is classic grande marque Champagne with a tremendous reputation rooted in the style and finesse of all its cuvées. It also has the kudos of being one of the few houses to hold the Royal Warrant. A blanc de blancs and a rosé, both vintage-dated are also produced, the former in tiny quantities.
Many have predicted that 2013 will be a vintage year for many houses and growers. After a sluggish start to the growing season development was slightly backward until July when things warmed up and hot weather continued throughout August. When fine weather persisted into September and October a good harvest of healthy, balanced fruit was brought in.