The color is very pale yellow with a caramel tinge, bubbles are small and moderately active. The nose is lovely, deep with an underlying umami richness beneath fresh pears and apples. On the palate tart apples take the lead, driven as much by bright acids as apple flavors. The apple is paired with buttered crusty bread. Sweeter, softer pears come out on the mid-palate and the bread flavors deepen, giving hints of freshly-baked rye bread. The finish lingers nicely, highlighting the deeper flavors of the wine. Drink with seared scallops. Highly Recommended. DH

WHO: Pol Roger
WHAT: Sparkling White (equal parts Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunière, Chardonnay)
WHERE: Champagne, France
WHEN: N/V (the youngest wine in the blend of two or more vintages is at least three years old)
HOW MUCH: $30 (375ml) (media sample)

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David Honig