Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2012
The Brut Vintage 2012 is a delicate pale golden color, underpinned by the persistence of refined bubbles. Elegant and subtle, the nose is full of freshness and opens with the scent of white peach, developing into richer dried fruit, followed by enticing notes of flowers, gingerbread, and mild, toasted sweet spice. Finely balanced on the palate with good weight of Pinot fruit and a complex structure and terrific length. Still young, stylish, and discreet, 2012 has great aging potential.
Disgorged in October 2018, the 2012 Brut Vintage offers up aromas of smoky peach, apples, pastry cream, white flowers, and mandarin. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad, and powerful, with more volume and amplitude than its blanc de Blancs counterpart, revealing racy balancing acids, an already refined mousse, and the impressive concentration that typifies this low-yielding vintage. It's a classic blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay that saw seven grams per liter dosage.
Champagne’s geographical location engenders capricious weather. For this reason, since their foundation in 1849 Pol Roger has observed the tradition of not releasing a bottle of vintage-dated champagne unless the climatic conditions permit the production of grapes of outstanding ripeness. Vintage champagne must, above all else, be balanced champagne. This balance depends on the right blend of healthy grapes, good potential alcohol, and correct acidity. The first criterion for declaring a vintage wine is its capacity to age. Devotees who have the patience to age their champagnes are rewarded with a more complex and richer wine.
On the whole, winter was mild and dry, however, there was a cold snap at the beginning of February. Following cool and rainy weather in early spring, unseasonal warm weather prevailed in late March, favoring an advanced bud break. This was followed in turn by rain, mild weather, and five spells of frost in April and May, of which two gave cause for concern. Furthermore, some vineyards were hit by hail on several occasions. These climatic challenges made for great variation in the development of the grapes.