95 Points Tyson Stelzer
For a house once led by pinot noir, Pol Roger is increasingly focusing on chardonnay in its
vintage wines, and recent vintages of its Blanc de Blancs demonstrate why. The power and
precision of the grand crus of the northern Côte des Blancs coalesce in the rich 2009 harvest
to produce a beautifully refined blanc de blancs that captures the finesse and fragrant delicacy
of Pol Roger. Dainty lemon and grapefruit lead out, backed by the understated succulence
of white peach and the crunch of nashi pear in a long-lingering palate of bright acid line and
frothing salt minerality. Almost a decade of lees age has begun to build a creamy texture and
lingering, understated complexity of nutmeg, almond nougat and honey. It propagates with
great persistence, sustained by the bright acidity of Pol Roger, even in such a warm vintage.
A triumph of the season, and the vintage to drink over the next five years as we eagerly await
the awakening of the sublime 2008.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.