2002 Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvee de Reserve Rose

Year: 2002
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93+
Vinous Media: 94
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"A floral rosé, with a smoky undercurrent to subtle flavors of ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry. Mouthwatering acidity and fine texture steer this to the focused finish. Drink now through 2022. 300 cases imported. " (WS)

"The 2002 Brut Rose Extra Cuvee de Reserve is a gorgeous wine, even if it is a bit buttoned up at this stage. Layers of well-delineated aromatics emerge over time, melding seamlessly into a chiseled, precise core of fruit. This shows quite a bit of depth and richness, all while maintaining superb freshness and clarity. Though delicious today, I imagine this will be a highly rewarding bottle to follow over the next decade or so. This is an absolutely exquisite Champagne from Pol Roger. The Rose Extra Cuvee de Reserve is 35% Chardonnay and 65% Pinot Noir, of which 15% is still Pinot, with full malolactic fermentation. Lot number illegible. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. " (WA)

"(50% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay and 15% pinot noir that was vinified as red wine and blended into this wine before the second fermentation): Bright, orange-tinged pink. A complex bouquet displays redcurrant, cherry pit, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Deeply concentrated but almost shockingly energetic flavors of redcurrant, bitter cherry, allspice and candied licorice. Finishes juicy and very long, with a bright mineral note adding to the impression of nerve and focus. Lots of people claim that rose Champagne doesn't age well but I'll bet that this one will." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Pol Roger only produces the Brut Rosé in vintage years. The wine is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay vinified blanc from 20 1er and Grand Crus in the Montagne de Reims and Cote des Blancs regions. The remaining 15% is Pinot Noir that has been vinified "en rouge" and then added to the final blend prior to the second fermentation.

Vinification: The unblended juice undergoes primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a cool 43°f. Each variety, village and vineyard are always fermented and cellared separately until final blending. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle deep in the cellars of Pol Roger, where it is kept until final blending.

The Vintage Brut is typically a delicate rosé, soft pink in color and driven by red fruit.

2002 was an uneventful growing season in Champagne. Summer was hot and dry and followed by rains perfectly timed to push the grapes to prime maturity levels. This is a ripe vintage with above average sugar levels.

"A delicate, soft pink with Pol Roger's hallmark fine mousse. The nose is fresh, lively and fruity. First impression are of red fruits, strawberry and raspberry, with a fresh but lingering bouquet. This is followed by warmer notes of wheat and dried cereals. Powerful and vinous in the mouth, the wine develops a fleshy texture underpinned by a firm backbone promising a long life." --Laurant D'Harcourt