Pol Roger Champagne Brut Rose 2012
Pol Roger has been producing some of the world’s finest Champagne for more than 165 years and is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated. The Vintage Rosé has a base of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. A small amount of still red wine is added before secondary fermentation. Produced in limited quantities, this is aged for 7 years before release.
WA94+: Remembering the rather reserved phase in which I had found Pol Roger's 2012 Brut Rosé when I reviewed it in August, I pulled a bottle from my cellar to check in on its evolution. A few months have made a difference, and the wine is more expressive already, wafting from the glass with a lovely bouquet of plums, red berries, blood orange and toasted brioche. On the palate, it's full-bodied, muscular and vinous, with terrific depth and structure at the core, its ripe but racy acids balanced by considerable texture and concentration. While this remains youthfully tight-knit, I'm inclined to think I was very conservative regarding its ultimate potential.
WS94: Ripe cherry, pomegranate and blood orange sorbet flavors are well-knit to sleek, lightly mouthwatering acidity in this elegant rosé Champagne, with a subtle plushness to the fine mousse. Long and minerally on the finish, echoing more fruit and spice details.