Every year at Christmas time, one of my clients sends me a bottle of Pol Roger Champagne and usually it is Brut Rose 2000 which happens to be one of my very favourite brands of champagne and every Christmas I look forward to receiving my bottle.
For those of you who have never heard of Pol Roger, as indeed I had not until I was given a bottle myself, but the history is quite fascinating. Back in 1849 Pol Roger sold his first bottle of a wine having been forced into work and setting up a company due to quite difficult family circumstances. From 1855 Pol Roger began the production of Brut Champagne and sales quickly built up as did clients and profits until the start of the First World War when production and expansion was brought to a halt. Fast forward to today and the brand is now world famous and was even the favourite champagne of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Pol Roger holds the current Royal Warrant as purveyors of champagne to Queen Elizabeth II, so if it is good enough for The Queen, then it is good enough for me. There are of course a lot of facts and figures that I have negated to mention or make reference to about the company history, but they can found on the Pol Roger website.
When my bottle of Champagne is delivered to the office, it is usually lovingly wrapped in clear plastic cellophane and inside there is a burgundy coloured box and the first thing you notice is that there is a huge crest within the middle of the box which is gold coloured with a blue centre, in the centre are the letters P and R which naturally signify that your item is a Pol Roger item, the name also appears below the crest along with further information telling you that it is a Rose Champagne. Then on the side of the box in even bigger gold lettering you will find 'Pol' and 'Roger' written. Inside that box is the actual bottle of Champagne which is almost black in colour, only if you hold it up to the light you will see that it is actually green. The bottle also features a salmon coloured label along with everything else I've mentioned which features on the box, except for the writing down the side and naturally it is opened by popping the cork.
I have to admit that I am no champagne connoisseur, I drink what I like the taste of and if I am to buy champagne for someone as a gift it is usually either Moet-et-Chandon or Verve Cliquot because I also like both of those and I know that they are both pretty decent gifts to give to someone, not to mention a little bit more exciting than the bottle of wine you bought from Tesco as it was on offer.
So why do I like Pol Roger so much. The simple answer is the taste. I prefer champagne to wine, but my bank balance will not stretch far enough to indulge this, so any bottle that I am given is a real treat and something I look forward too. Once the cork is popped from this bottle, making sure it has been chilled beforehand, you get an immediate aroma of fruit and when poured into a glass, it is slightly pink, though more salmon coloured to me. When it comes to the taste it is really quite fruity and with some wine and champagne as soon as you swallow there is a bitter aftertaste, something a friend of mine refers to as the reason why she hates champagne, if it tastes bitter then perhaps it isn't alright to begin with because the only champagne I have tried, tasted and like happens to leave a nice aftertaste and is really quite refreshing. To the fruit, whilst you know it will be grape there is also a very slight hint of strawberries which gives it a really nice fruity and sweet taste and naturally the bubbles are also present and add to the niceness of this champagne, not too heavy like you might find in a Cava for example where all you get is a mouth full of bubbles and little else. I find this Champagne allows you to taste the ingredients with a few bubbles. The description given of this champagne is that it is a 'Full-bodied vintage champagne made from 50% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 16% vin rouge champagne" as I said I am no connoisseur.
Most people mention that Champagne is a great accompaniment to food and not something I would argue with. This particular champagne goes nicely with Pate, Sushi, Scallops, Lobster, Foie Gras and even foods like dressed crab to name but a few that are suggested. Or like me you can enjoy it with your better half whilst watching The Queens speech.
A bottle of this type and size (75cl) would probably set you back between £50 and £60 using online comparisons and in my opinion worth every penny although naturally I would much rather receive it as a gift than pay for some myself, so if anyone is offering, I am a willing recipient :o)
An intense, brilliant pink colour. A powerful bouquet discloses concentrated citrus fruit aromas, even stewed strawberries. In the mouth, the balance between minerality and firmness from the tannins and the mature fruit has produced a full-bodied Champagne, full of personality. The finish reveals the wine's youthfulness and suggests that it has a bright future both on its own and when paired with food. Produced by Pol Roger, like all its Vintage styles, only in years when growing and harvest conditions can produce grapes of sufficient standard, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay musts underwent 2 cold settlings before fermentation in stainless steel to preserve the fruit characteristics of the wine. The wine then had 15% still red Pinot Noir wine from the village of Chouilly added to the blend which was then transferred to bottle for its second fermentation and ageing in the cellars.