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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Pol Roger Vintage Brut 1998
Pol Roger Vintage Brut 1998
(search item no. 86784)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pol Roger, one of a few luxury Champagne firms still family-owned, was established in Epernay in 1849. Pol Roger owns 200 acres of vineyards, which provide about 45% of their needs. Pol Roger's cellars extend over four miles of winding chalk passageways on two levels. The second or deeper cellar maintains a constant 9.5º C (50º F), one degree lower than the first level and most others in the region. This lower temperature slows the second fermentation, encouraging a finer mousse or bubbles. Pol Roger Champagne also spends two to three times the allowable minimum in the cellar before disgorgement, or about three years for the non-vintage and up to seven for the luxury cuvées. The long, slow maturation contributes greatly to the complex aromas, which distinguish these superb Champagnes.

The Vintage Brut follows the traditional formula for Pol Roger Vintage, being composed of about 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay drawn from 18 Grands and Premiers Crus. As always, the Pinot Noir contributes the intensity, backbone, tannins and body while the Chardonnay provides the fragrance, elegance, finesse essential to a perfect balance. Vintage Brut is only produced in declared vintage years.

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About Pol Roger:

Pol Roger is one of the few remaining family-owned grande marque Champagne houses. Their grande marque status was guaranteed at the turn of the century when about 20 producers banded together to establish exacting quality controls for Champagne. The annual production at Pol Roger - less than 120,000 cases - is found in the best restaurants of France, England, and the USA, and is exported to over 30 countries. Pol Roger also was the Champagne of choice of British dignitary Sir Winston Churchill, who once said of Champagne, "...In victory I deserve it, and in defeat I need it!".