Pieter Rosenthal's Wine of the Month - 'Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV'Posted on: 18 November 2011 by Alexander Hay
Savouring the body and character of the Brut Reserve NV, a dry superbly balanced wine.
I love Champagne! So when I was asked to recommend my 'Fizz for Fawkes' – or what I'd drink this Bonfire Night, I took that to be an invitation to taste lots of it. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of fabulous sparkling wines, but they are not Champagne. It is somehow a more special, hedonistic and luxurious drink. And in a time of recession we shouldn't forget what makes life worth living.
Champagne is still the choice sparkling wine for special occasions but all too often we just leave the bottle lying under the stairs waiting for a special occasion that never arrives. So I'm thinking it might be a good idea to drink one of your special bottles on Bonfire Night. For me, any excuse is valid, but if you need one, then there are plenty of opportunities coming up over the next few months, culminating of course in Christmas and New Year. Now is a good time to start looking out for some great deals on Champagne and sparkling wines as many of the national retailers use it as an opportunity to attract your attention.
A very good friend of mine recently asked me for my Champagne recommendations. One of these was Pol Roger, which happens to be one of my absolute favourites and I have made it this month's wine of the month. I told my friend to get a bottle and try it out. Wisely she didn't just buy the Pol Roger but a few other bottles as well and she turned afternoon tea into a very special occasion indeed.
Now I'm not necessarily advocating you buy all the different Champagnes out in the shops but perhaps to move away from your usual brand. Many supermarkets will have various unknown brands at very keen prices but do they really provide value for money? Why not find out for yourself if they are worth the money by comparing them to some of the better known Champagnes or your own favourites. Get a few friends round and taste a few different bottles. Any occasion is bound to be special then.
Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV
Majestic – currently £32 per bottle.
Winston Churchill loved Pol Roger, or so it seems. There is indeed even a Cuvée Winston Churchill, but you might want to wait for an even more special occasion before you go down that route.
The Brut Réserve NV (Non-Vintage), meanwhile, is a blend of the three classic Champagne varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. This is dry and superbly balanced. The freshness from the Chardonnay and the creaminess given to the wine by the Pinots make this an absolute delight. It tastes of elegant, zesty fruit with that typical buttered toast yeasty thing that happens with good Champagne. It will go fabulously well with the smokiness of a good bonfire and the fireworks will certainly match the sparkling, bubbly nature of the wine perfectly.
By Pieter Rosenthal C/O Love That Wine
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