Pol Roger Vintage Brut Chardonnay 1996
Its delicate, youthful, pleasant nose is subtly organized around an abundance of superb fragrances which are floral (honeysuckle, hawthorn, acacia), fruity (grapefruit, fresh pineapple), lactic (fresh butter) and empyreumatic (sponge cake, vanilla biscuits, lightly toasted flaked almonds) skillfully brought together into a perfectly coherent olfactory whole with a very promising future.
Its full, fresh and lively palate, an exact reproduction, although perhaps more mature and developed, of the fragrances experienced on the nose, is lovingly teased by a silky effervescence enriched by some soft, very sensual spicy flavors (cinnamon and vanilla). Its pleasing, persistent finish with a hint of lemon is designed to tantalize the taste buds of fine Chardonnay-lovers.
Owing to the characteristics it has inherited from the year of its vintage, Pol Roger's Brut Chardonnay 1995 is not suited to laying down for any significant length of time. It will be at its most charming and alluring while still in its youth (up to 2006).
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!".