95 Points Robert Parker
Great elegance and finesse already on the perfectly brilliant and aromatic nose shows Pol Roger's 2008 Blanc de Blancs Brut, displaying white and stewed apples with fine citrus flavors and discreet chalky aromas. The palate is dense and citric, as if limes and lemons are squeezed on a chalky rock. The purity, power and intensity is as remarkable, as is the finesse and persistence of the bubbles, the mousse on the palate and the long, persistent finish. Dosed with seven grams per liter, this extraordinary Blanc de Blanc Brut tastes drier than the Réserve Brut, but reveals a perfect ripeness of yellow fruits. The finish is lovely aromatic and intense, but also clear, fresh, firm and absolutely stimulating. This is a great Blanc de Blancs from the Grand Cru villages of Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Stephan Reinhardt. March, 2016
96 Points Tyson Stelzer
Pol Roger’s success with Blanc de Blancs has overtaken it: the cuvée has been over-allocated and the house has made the call to release this vintage after less than six years on lees (the 2006 had eight years and the 2002 had nine). This is a shame for a vintage as long-lived as 2008, but don’t let this slow you down — only you must promise that under no circumstances will you pop a bottle before 2018. It will not be until at least 2028 that it finally unravels to reveal its full glory. Right now, it’s the epitome of coiled tension, delicately setting lemon zest, white pepper, marzipan and wonderful struck-flint reduction against a dizzying shard of pure acidity. An undercurrent of frothing, salty minerality glistens brilliantly as the most striking high note of this incredible season. It’s scintillating, crystalline and thrilling.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.