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The family maison of Pol Roger, situated in Epernay, was established in 1849, setting out to produce champagne of quality and finesse. It is one of the only large houses that still remains family-owned; an increasing rarity in this highly commercialised and successful region.
Pol Roger was Winston Churchill’s favourite Champagne. The House’s prestige cuvée is even named Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill and is only released when the quality of the vintage warrants it.
“We’re not the best known, but we’re known by the best.” – Christian Pol-Roger
Maurice Pol-Roger, having taken over from his father Pol, was the man largely responsible for elevating the brand to where it sits today. After befriending Maurice’s daughter-in-law, Sir Winston Churchill became the House’s greatest patron and made Pol Roger his bubbly of choice.
Pol Roger’s flagship cuvée is their non-vintage Brut Réserve; affectionately known as “White Foil” in the UK. Proud bearer of the Royal Warrant, this cuvée holds the title as the official champagne served at the Royal Weddings of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and most recently Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Harvested from over 140 different vineyards, more than 30 base wines are created to make a single, unified non-vintage champagne.
A vintage Blanc de Blancs and vintage Rosé are also produced at Pol Roger in the appropriate years. The House is also one of the few producing an Extra Dry cuvée with zero dosage – aptly named, Pure. Without any sweetness to hide behind, the purity of the base wine shines brightest. The Pol Roger Rich is the Demi-Sec cuvée and also a non-vintage. The Rich is a perfect champagne to pair with spicy cuisine and certain desserts.
The House stopped using oak entirely in the cellar in the 1930s. It’s all about purity and terroir expression at Pol Roger which also means the wines have a great capacity for ageing; with some of the top vintages being able to cellar down for up to 20 years.