Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 1999 Front Label
Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 1999 Front Label

Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 1999

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The Brut Blanc de Blancs 1999 from Champagne Pol Roger is a classic blanc de blancs, vinified 100% from Chardonnay grapes selected from the Grands Crus of the Cote des Blancs: Cramant, le Mesnil, Oger, Avize and Oiry. Made in only limited quantities the Brut Blanc de Blancs 1999 has been aged for 7 years in the Pol Roger cellars before being released onto the market.

The 1999 vintage shows a light, lively colour with fine bubbles. The nose starts off exuberant and generous, revealing a wide range of complex aromas: marshmallow, violets, liquorice, brioche, toast and almonds. In the second nose, these notes develop a more powerful resonance of musk, leather and even iodine, signature of the noble origin of the Chardonnays and the evolution of the mature character of the 1999 vintage.In the mouth, the bold attack develops into a balance of fullness and strength, giving way to retro-olfactory notes dominated by fuitiness (fresh fruit), underpinned by a "ground swell" of power that gives the wine its structure. A champagne whose current elegance and robustness promise great organoleptic development.

Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs 1999 will be the perfect accompaniment for a gourmet dish where the dominant character is based on the combination of roasted notes with a sweet and savoury sauce, to sustain the powerfull, complex nature of the wine. Roasted duck fillet with a sweet and sour sauce or wild partridge with caramelised pears would provide marriage.

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Graphite, ginger, toast and coffee aromas and flavors indicate maturing character. There's harmony, finesse and intensity, with a firm structure that should allow this to continue developing. Drink now through 2020.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Still very young, this wine needs time to develop its intense minerality. Now it is more about grapefruit and yeast, although it is also full-bodied, a sign of the 1999 vintage. Wait five years at least.
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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!".

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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