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.
Wine Enthusiast: 95 / 100
“With fruit from the Côte des Blancs, this is a classic, textured, mineral-driven Chardonnay Champagne. Its bottle age gives a toasty edge to the crisp, lively grapefruit and bitter orange flavors. Well balanced, this impressive wine is still likely to improve with aging. Drink now, but, better, wait until 2020.”
The Wine Advocate: 94 / 100
“Let it breathe a few minutes in the glass and Pol Roger’s 2009 Brut Blanc de Blancs becomes truly exciting! Sourced in Oiry, Chouilly, Cramany, Avize and Oger (all grands crus from Côte des Blancs), the wine opens with an intensely chalky, fresh and concentrated bouquet of white and yellow-fleshed fruits along with floral and spicy seed flavors as well as notes of wet, crushed limestone. Very deep bu always pure and fresh. And so chalky! Full-bodies yet straight and fresh with vibrating minerality and great finesse, this is a super elegant, tightly woven and persistent but weightless Côte des Blancs with a long, fresh and salty finish. This Cuvée was aged for seven years on the lees before being disgorged on May 30th, 2017. Tasted June 2018.”
James Suckling: 93 / 100
“This has an air of ripeness with gently candied praline and grilled ripe peach fruits. The palate delivers lemon pastry and a smooth, custard-like texture. Really supple and fleshy. One to drink early.”