2008 Pol Roger Rose Champagne
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $99.94 (reg. $104.94)
Vintage Pol Roger Rose Champagne for under a hundred bucks? Yes please! Pol Roger is a standard setter for premium bubbly and their vintage Rose is easily one of the most popular Champagnes in its class. An easy peer to Cristal or Krug, Churchill’s favorite Champagne house has eschewed the price inflation of those other firms; After 160 years at the top, Roger truly has nothing to prove, they know their vintage offerings stand with the best.
An “outstanding follow-up” to the 2006 (View from the Cellar), the 2008 Rose is “precise, sculpted and lifted” (Galloni) with luxurious notes of “strawberries and cream, singed orange peel and macaroon” (Wine Spectator). 2008 was a great year to bottle vintage Champagne as the cool evenings produced a classically structured style that Vinous described as “viscerally thrilling, chiseled wines that will soon be recognized as modern-day icons.”
Connoisseurs, wine professionals and sommeliers tend to flock to Pol Roger because of their feet on the ground pricing, but this is also one of Champagne’s most historic estates. They keep their yields low and quality top notch, with multiple grand and 1er cru sites contributing to this cuvee. Pol Roger bottles no non-vintage Rose, so their vintage offering is a stunningly good example of this ever-popular style. This is a great price for a Rose Champagne that will fit in at the most important occasions. Enjoy today, or cellar for a few more years to see it really shine. Cheers!