2000 Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvee de Reserve

Year: 2000
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 91
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"An elegant version, whose silky texture meshes seamlessly with the grapefruit, apple and ginger flavors. Detailed and harmonious, with a graphite accent on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 200 cases imported. " (WS)

"The 2000 Brut Extra Cuvee de Reserve is a warm, inviting Champagne that impresses for its soft, textured fruit, open personality and creamy finish. Brioche, toast, light honey and flowers linger on the close. This is a delicious vintage Champagne to drink now and over the next few years. This is Lot L02001710A, disgorged July, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018." (WA)

"($105) (L03471775B): Bright gold. Perfumed scents of dried pear, orange zest, white flowers and toasty lees. Deeply pitched orchard fruit flavors are complicated by notes of anise, honey and marzipan, with a brighter citrus note emerging on the back half. Shows very good clarity and cut on the finish, with the orange note echoing." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Pol Roger Brut Vintage relies on a majority of Pinot Noir (60%) to provide it's lush, rich body. The remainder of the blend is made of Chardonnay. Both varietals are sourced from Grand and 1er Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Cote des Blancs.

Vinification: Like all Pol Roger Champagnes the components for the Brut Vintage are fermented separately in stainless steel at very low temperatures. The wine is then blended and aged for 8 years in the deep cellars below Epernay prior to final blending and release to the market.

Brut Vintage is typically a richly styled wine driven by pear and apricot fruit, floral aromas and bracing acidity. Take advantage of the wines natural weight and pair it with Foie Gras, Sweetbreads, or soft cheeses.

The 2000 vintage in Champagne was hot and at times void of direct sun. Fortunately, favorable weather conditions returned shortly before harvest and the grapes responded to the drying sun and ripened wonderfully. The 2000 Brut Vintage shows the character of the year with a lighter acidity level than the 1999. The color is bright gold, the palate is fresh and clean and layered with white fruit, yeast and honey.