97 Points James Halliday
I have always loved Pol for its luminous, polished flavours and mouthfeel. Add the glorious ’08 vintage, its usual blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay seems reversed. It’s full of beautifully balanced stone fruit and citrus, achieved with a modest 7g/l of dosage after seven years on lees.
Source: James Halliday.
96 Points Tyson Stelzer
Pol Roger’s vintage cuvées have long been highlights among the cuvées I most often recommend to friends, and
I have many vintages from the past 25 years tucked into my cellar. I have long awaited the dawning of the release
of the sensational 2008, a season I adore more than any other in recent history for its poise and energy. Pol Roger
has done a fiendishly tactical thing, and while the recipe for this cuvée is always 60/40 pinot/chardonnay, it
appears to have deployed pinot noir of particular presence and depth to rise to the tension of chardonnay in this
electric season. The result is quite something to behold, with a profound core of the most sublime black cherries
and black plums, intricately refined with exacting Pol Roger precision, energised by the lively acid line of 2008
and stirred vigorously by the brilliant chalk mineral structure of magnificently placed crus. In the slow-motion
evolution of Pol Roger, age has brought just subtle nuances of biscuits and spice. It will age confidently, but it’s
irresistible from the outset. Do not miss this vintage. It’s a revelation.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.