Pol Roger Brut 2008, Champagne, France

Alongside 2002, 2008 is unquestionably one of the vintages of the decade in Champagne and every example we have tasted so far has fully justified the hype.

Pol Roger have long produced great non-vintage Champagne, but their vintage is in a different league altogether: one of the few which is immediately approachable on release with plenty of rich, vibrant, decadent characters, yet it is blessed with the capability to age and gain complexity over many years of cellaring. Produced from the ‘house blend’ of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers Crus vineyards in the famous “Montagne de Reims” and “Cote des Blancs” regions, it has a relatively low dosage of just 7g/l and undergoes a full 8-year maturation in the cool chalk cellars before release.

18/20 points Jancis Robinson MW “Really quite broad and ripe on the nose with mildly floral notes and a hint of putty. Really very dramatic! Even a hint of marzipan. Creamy texture with a little bruised apple acidity. Admirably long. Really exciting. Is this a worthy successor to the 2002?”