Pol Roger Brut Rosé 2000 & 2002
A full-bodied, vintage champagne made from 50% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 16% vin Rouge de Champagne. 2000 was a testing growing season: a mild winter was succeeded by a chilly, wet summer with hail and thunderstorms devastating vineyards right up to the eve of harvest. The return of good weather at this critical point, however, produced abundant bunches of quality grapes. 15% still Pinot Noir from the village of Chouilly is added to the final blend before the second fermentation starts to give it its characteristic colour.
Produced by Pol Roger, like all its Vintage styles, only in years when growing and harvest conditions can produce grapes of sufficient standard, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay musts underwent 2 cold settlings before fermentation in stainless steel to preserve the fruit characteristics of the wine. The wine then had 15% still red Pinot Noir wine from the village of Chouilly added to the blend which was then transferred to bottle for its second fermentation and ageing in the cellars.
2000 proved to be a difficult growing season with warm winter spring and autumn weather but with a chilly wet July which introduced the threat of mildew and insect attack. It also proved to be one of the worst years of the century for hail and thunderstorms which wrought havoc in some vineyards. Return of good weather just before harvest between 18th September – 1st October resulted in an abundant clean crop which has produced early maturing wines.
An intense, brilliant pink colour. A powerful bouquet discloses concentrated citrus fruit aromas, even stewed strawberries. In the mouth, the balance between minerality and firmness from the tannins and the mature fruit has produced a full-bodied Champagne, full of personality. The finish reveals the wine’s youthfulness and suggests that it has a bright future both on its own and when paired with food.