The 2009 Blanc de Blancs Vintage is made exclusively from Chardonnays selected from the best “crus” of the “Côte des Blancs”: Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger. This “cuvée” is only produced in limited quantities and has been aged for 7 years in our cellars before being released onto the market.
The result is a champagne which is subtle, light and elegant, with a refreshing trace of minerality. Mid yellow in colour, it has a high toned and aromatically spiced nose, with some elements of crushed apple, revealing good fruit intensity and weight. It is stylish and bright on the palate, with good length and very pure acidity. Ideal as an accompaniment to shellfish.
When Maurice Pol-Roger first heard his grandson, Christian de Billy, propose a Blanc de Blancs for the 1959 vintage, he is reputed to have retorted “If you are producing wine of the quality of Montrachet, why put a bubble in it?”. 60 years later, the 2009 vintage, produced in limited quantities from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs, validates the initiative completely.
After a particularly cold winter, spring 2009 started with mild temperatures, thus avoiding frost damage. Some stormy spells boosted the vegetation. June and July were characterised by variable weather; however August was sunny, dry and hot, with cool nights, leading to rapid maturation. Harvesting started on September 8th in excellent sunny conditions and lasted till September 21st. The grapes were perfectly healthy.
The wine boasts a pale yellow-gold colour with a continuous thread of lingering bubbles. On the nose, the first notes are of citrus fruit coupled with almond, imparting a delightful freshness to the wine, which progressively yield to aromas of white flowers and honey.
The palate is dominated by a firm backbone, revealing the mineral character of the great ‘terroirs’ from the Cote des Blancs, and is remarkably balanced with a long-lasting aftertaste.