2013 Champagne Pol Roger Extra Cuvée de Reserve Vintage, Epernay

Vintage Description

This latest vintage release from Pol Roger has been made in the traditional house style of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, with fruit sourced from the Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards of Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs.

Tasting Notes

Aidan Bell
Fine gentle bead, with gentle orchard fruits on the nose, the palate still feels tight and crisp and takes 20 to 30 minutes to reveal crisp toasty notes and a fine delicate finish. Anne Krebiehl MW has captured the essence of this vintage perfectly; 'Where 2012 was generous and obvious, 2013 is reticent and calm. Where 2012 was opulent, 2013 is brisk. Where 2012 was the life and soul of the party, 2013 is contemplative, giving us clean-cut, grown-up charm and a whole world of refreshment.'

William Kelly, The Wine Advocate 94/100
'Pol Roger's just-released 2013 Brut Vintage is a beautifully chiselled, incisive wine that will appeal immensely to purists. Unwinding in the glass with scents of citrus zest, white flowers, crushed chalk and hints of fresh sourdoughs, it's medium to full-bodied, racy and precise, with a nicely concentrated and tightly wound core, tangy acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse. After the rich, muscular 2012 vintage, the 2013 represents quite a contrast; I'm not sure we'll see its stylistic like again for some time, so readers with classically inclined palates will want to stock up, advice I'll be following myself' Drink 2022 - 2045

Vineyard Information

Pol Roger founded his Champagne house in 1849 and it is still proudly independent, under family control. It owns 89 hectares of vineyards on prime sites of the Vallée d'Epernay and on the Côte de Blancs. Its cellars run for 7km and are on three levels, the deepest known as the 'cave de prise de mousse' at 33m below street level. As the name suggests this is where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. The fact that this deep cellar is at 9oC or less rather than the normal cellar temperature of 11-12oC prolongs this fermentation and contributes to the quality and particular style of the wines and their famously fine bubbles.

Colour Sparkling Origin France
Region Champagne ABV 12.50%
Drink From 2022 Drink To 2045
Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar