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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine & Spirits, 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Spectator, 92 International Wine Cellar
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Rosé Sparkling Wine
Item no. 105758
A delicate, soft pink with Pol Roger's hallmark fine mousse. The nose is fresh, lively and fruity. First impressions are of red fruits, strawberry and raspberry, with a fresh but lingering bouquet. This is followed by warmer notes of wheat and dried cereals. Powerful and vinous in the mouth, the wine develops a fleshy texture underpinned by a firm backbone promising a long life.
Food Pairings: Well matched by poached salmon or cold roast beef and, of course, fruit based desserts.
More vintages like 2002, please...especially if they give us wines like this rosé, a quiet, persistant, thrillingly precise pinot noir-with fruit that manages to be vivid and supple, a color that hints at fresh apricot and a scent that shifts from apricot to fresh red berries. The fruit presence submerges inot the delicate fortitude of the tannin, reemerging with bass notes of wildflowers and high notes of rose. This has plenty of power in reserve if you chose to age it, adn enought substance to pour with prawns in a mildy spicy Vietnamese green curry.
The 2002 Brut Rose Extra Cuvee de Reserve is a gorgeous wine, even if it is a bit buttoned up at this stage. Layers of well-delineated aromatics emerge over time, melding seamlessly into a chiseled, precise core of fruit. This shows quite a bit of depth and richness, all while maintaining superb freshness and clarity. Though delicious today, I imagine this will be a highly rewarding bottle to follow over the next decade or so. This is an absolutely exquisite Champagne from Pol Roger. The Rose Extra Cuvee de Reserve is 35% Chardonnay and 65% Pinot Noir, of which 15% is still Pinot, with full malolactic fermentation. Lot number illegible. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
A floral rosé, with a smoky undercurrent to subtle flavors of ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry. Mouthwatering acidity and fine texture steer this to the focused finish. Drink now through 2022. 300 cases imported.
Light, bright pink. Bright, expressive aromas of redcurrant, wild strawberry, white flowers and Asian spices, with a chalky undertone. Deeper cherry, licorice and subtle smoky qualities join the nervy red fruits on the velvety palate. Puts on weight with air, finishing with solid grip and lingering smoke and floral notes. This could still use some bottle age but there's enough complexity for guilt-free drinking now.