pol roger, blanc de blancs vintage 2002
WINE & SPIRITS
93
WINE SPECTATOR
93

2002 pol roger, blanc de blancs vintage

Why We're Buying

Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs Vintage Champagne is a fresh and elegant wine with fine-texture and a long-lasting finish. Composed exclusively of grand cru chardonnay, the cuvée ages for six years in Pol Roger’s cellars before its release. The highly sought-after Champagne is also known as a favorite of former British prime minister Winston Churchill.

Critics Scores

WINE & SPIRITS
93

Wine & Spirits

Blended from grand cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, this Chardonnay cold-ferments in stainless steel and undergoes malolactic prior to aging on the lees for nine years in bottle. It’s the most classic of Pol Roger’s current lineup, packing the tension of the vintage into mouthwatering flavors of heirloom apples and pale limestone. Sunny energy seems to come out of that earthy side of the wine, bristling with youthful power. This has years of development ahead.

WINE SPECTATOR
93

Wine Spectator

Firm, with a toasty base mixing with flavors of quince paste, pastry, dried apricot, raw almond and a hint of lemon curd. There's a clean-cut note of minerally salinity throughout, accompanied by a fine bead and a lingering finish.

VINOUS
95

Vinous

Pale gold. Intense, mineral-dominated aromas of candied citrus fruits, pear, anise, smoky lees and chamomile, plus a sexy floral nuance and a hint of sweet butter. Palate-staining orchard and citrus fruit flavors show outstanding depth and energy, picking up chalky mineral and spice notes with air. Strikingly concentrated and precise wine with strong finishing punch and noteworthy persistence. This concentrated, deftly balanced Champagne is built for a long, graceful evolution.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

This is a thoroughbred, elegant sparkler. With its delicate acidity, apple and grapefruit flavors, and tense, steely texture, it is an extremely well-balanced wine. Although it is ready to drink now, it could certainly age in bottle for many years.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

White flowers, lemon, slate and chamomile are some of the notes that burst from the glass in Pol Roger’s 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Extra Cuvee de Reserve. A bright, tightly coiled wine, the 2002 comes across as quite fresh and vibrant, especially within the context of the year. Sweet floral and minty notes run through the precise, crystalline finish. Although the 2002 is absolutely delicious today, I am intrigued to see how it might age. It is utterly brilliant today.