The latest vintage release from this producer, this is beautifully balanced with white fruits and touches of citrus paralleled by a tight mineral texture and acidity. It is still young, because vintages from this producer age for many years. Drink from 2020.
94 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2018)
The 2009 Brut Vintage blends 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 grand and premier cru villages in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Fermented in stainless steel with each variety and each village kept separate and malolactic completed, the 2009 aged eight years in the cellars before being hand-riddled and disgorged. Disgorged in October 2017 and tasted in June 2018, the 2009 shows an intense, concentrated, pretty vinous and profound bouquet of ripe fruit, chalk, brioche and nutty/almond notes. Full-bodied and rich but fresh and even refined on the palate, this is a very elegant, round, charming yet well-structured and vinous Vintage Brut with a clear, fresh, structured and remarkably persistent finish. It drinks already very well today, but its aging potential is most probably stunning.
93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Issue # 237 - Jun 2018)
Pol Roger’s house style emphasizes pinot noir; this bottling is 60 percent pinot noir, the balance chardonnay. It’s a selection from grand cru and premier cru sites in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. The pedigree of the fruit and the ripeness of the vintage comes through in the wine’s flavor intensity, enriched by malolactic fermentation, creating a contrast of brightness and broad, toasty flavors. That elegant richness and red-fruit undertone makes this a dinner wine to serve with white truffle risotto.
93 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2018)
A fullish style with savory aromas of almond cream, nougat and grilled hazelnuts, as well as dried lemon and pastry. The palate is smoothly arranged with layers of savory, lees-fueled pastry flavors. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling (Sep 2018)
This balanced Champagne shows a lovely creaminess, offering a mix of crème de cassis, pastry dough and preserved lemon flavors. Fresh, with light minerality on the open-knit finish. Drink now through 2025.
92 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec 2018)