Champagne Pommery is a key part of the much larger Vranken Pommery Monopole Group, and has been around since 1857 when a late second child and a failing wool industry forced Alexandre Pommery to come out of retirement and try his hand at creating Champagnes.
The legacy of both his and his wife’s efforts are today reflected in the houses’ bright bottles, multitude of varietals and very notable estate, with some of the most interesting architecture in Champagne.
Pommery’s mainstay offering; Brut Royal, is the first Brut champagne offered to the mainstream back in 1875, and is easy to spot with its French blue labels trimmed with generous amounts of gold. Other styles include the equally vibrant Rose, Blanc de Blancs and POP styles – which all represent decent value by living under the $100 mark – even their vintage comes in at $90.
Sitting at a price point that sees it compete with Veuve Cliquot Brut and Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, will Pommery Brut Royal’s colour and flair see it elevate the senses more so than its competitors? Lets find out.
From: Reims, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$65 a bottle available from Vintage Cellars
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (33/33/33) with an unknown Dosage
Aging: Around 3 Years
Sipped: Early of 2017
In the Glass:
Look: Soft Golden hue, with good streams of fine bubbles.
Smell: A hit of sweet, ripe citrus and berry aromas with only a feint trace of yeastiness.
Taste: A sip of Brut Royal is a sweet, sugared introduction of ripe Lemons, Grapefruit with a touch of yeast making itself known through the tartness.
Finishing flavours are dry and balanced, with a fast fading run on the tongue with reasonable depth of flavour and no excessive acidity.
Notes: Paired well with Pretzels and Hummus!
Party Potential: While only slightly abstract in terms of brand exposure, Pommery would make enjoyable party fare at a reasonable price – if you can buy on sale ($55) then it makes it even more appealing. It also stands up well as a BYO offering.
As a Gift: Pommery Brut Royal makes a colourful and vibrant gift that will give the recipient good enjoyment whenever they decide to pop it open.
At Home: At the price point I feel as though its best reserved for special ad-lib celebrations and occasions – the whole bottle will be easily drunk.
Matching: As with most NV Bruts, a matching with fresh savory flavours is a must – in my case I used lightly salted pretzels and hummus dip which sat very well on the balanced finish of the Champagne.
Score & Verdict:
A colourful personality with a solid family history. Vibrant, fresh and tasteful its good company and frequent rendezvous are worthwhile. Be seen with them.
At $65 I feel it is good value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
To celebrate a Weekend away with close friends.
How did you drink it?
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