Grape Varietal: 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay
Growing Region: Epernay, France
Chef de Cave: Dominique Petit

This 2002 ‘Blanc de Blancs’ is vinified from 100% Chardonnay grapes selected from Grand Cru vineyards, which are predominantly owned by Pol Roger in the Cote de Blancs; Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger villages. The wine is then matured for 9 years before being released onto the market. Primary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks kept to temperatures not exceeding 18°C, with each village kept separate until final blending, with the wine undergoing full malolactic fermentation.

 

Secondary Fermentation occurs in the lowest of Pol Roger's famous Roman cellars, where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) - which is still done by hand. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger Champagne is renowned owes much to these deep, cool and damp cellars.
As you pour the Champagne into the flute, you will be greeted by dazzling crystalline pale gold colour with a greenish shimmer. The tiny bubbles create an abundance and persistent foam in the stem. On the nose you will find the wine dominated by hints of citrus fruits, revealing the elegance, subtlety and balance of the wine. You can also find subtle notes of stone fruits, quince and white flowers.
On the palate, the texture if fresh with a confident mineral character providing a powerful structure. The primary citrus accents and toasty notes mingle to reveal a wonderful balance and a graceful harmony, with background nuances of brioche, green apple and pear. A lovely complexity all wrapped in a dry finish that has a remarkable length and elegance. Chill gently and serve at 8-10°C.

Finesse and purity is the wines signature.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and will hold well for another 2-3 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with oysters, crayfish, lobster and a freshly made seafood salad, enjoy.