Pol Roger – Vintage 2004, £220 (6×75) OWC EP – £282.44 including VAT and duty
“In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it” Winston Churchill
Pol Roger’s vintage champagne competes with Dom Perginon, Krug and Cristal’s delicacy and balance. However Pol Roger continues to release at competitive market prices, thereby, making it in our opinion the best value vintage champagne on the market.
We have already seen Dom Perignon and Cristal 2004 sell out in the UK market and it is being heralded as a great vintage. Pol Roger’s 2004 does not buck the trend, having produced a wonderful wine that offers focused citrus and quince, balanced with brioche, wonderful minerality and delicate white flowers. The 2004 vintage has just released and as such the major tasters are yet to publish their notes. In terms of style, the 2004 is similar to the superb 94 point (Wine Advocate) scoring 1998, which we have had recently at a tasting and was unquestionably the most delicate and balanced vintage champagne of the evening. The 2004 is ready to be consumed now and will drink perfectly over the next 10 years.
Pol Roger started producing champagne in 1849, based in the town of Epernay and it continues to this day to be run by his descendants. The Estate, relative to the other major houses, has a low production, producing only 110,000 cases across their range, including their leading non-vintage, the Vintage and their Sir Winston Churchill prestige wine (the Churchill 2002 vintage is released in April next year). Pol Roger has strong ties to the UK market; it was the favourite Champagne of Winston Churchill and currently holds the Royal Warrant as purveyors of Champagne to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Pol Roger Vintage Brut Champagne is a blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir, made from 20 Grand and Premier Crus vineyards. The 2004 saw a cool early summer and a warm late summer, which helped the grapes retain the necessary acidity, combined with concentrated fruit juice. After the first fermentation the wine rested in the House’s 33 metre deep cellars, it was then removed, hand riddled and aged for 8 years. The 2004 is of the highest quality and will offer immense pleasure, for £37 a bottle in bond (£47 with duty and VAT), there is no better value vintage champagne!