Champagne Pol Roger Brand Overview & Buy Champagnes Same Day Delivery
Champagne Pol Roger has been producing exceptional Champagne for over 165 years. To this day the house remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. Indeed, it is this quality which initiated Sir Winston Churchillâs lifelong attachment to Champagne Pol Roger, who famously insisted: âIn defeat I need it, in victory I deserve itâ.
The first sale of champagne was in January 1849 when family circumstances forced Pol Roger to set up a business; his father had contracted an incurable disease and could no longer carry on his practice. The customer was a merchant in AÃ¿, the native village of Pol Roger. The firm developed rapidly, moving to Ãpernay from AÃ¿ in 1851.
In 1899 the founder died, by which point the brand had acquired enviable recognition for just a short fifty years of trading. However, disaster struck in February 1900 when part of the cellars and winery building collapsed, destroying over 500 casks and one and a half million bottles. Maurice and George, who had taken over from their father, had to work tirelessly to get the company back on track.
Maison Pol Roger now owns 91 hectares of vineyards on prime sites in the VallÃ©e de la Marne, the Montagne de Reims and the CÃ´te des Blancs and is 55% self-sufficient in its grape requirements. The cellars run for 7km underground and are on three levels, the deepest known as the âcave de prise de mousseâ at 34m below street level. As the name suggests, this is where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. The fact that this deep cellar is at a natural temperature of 9Â°C or less, rather than a normal cellar temperature of 11-12Â°C, prolongs this fermentation and contributes to the quality and particular style of the champagnes and their famously fine bubbles.
The Pol Roger range starts with a non-vintage Brut RÃ©serve and the rest of the champagnes are vintage-dated: Brut Vintage, Brut RosÃ© and Blanc de Blancs, as well as their prestige cuvÃ©e Sir Winston Churchill.
Great Britain is, and always has been, the premier export market for Champagne Pol Roger, a tradition dating back to the 1860s. Even as early as 1855, Pol Roger was making Brut Champagne as he knew that Britain favoured this style of sparkling wine.
Sir Winston Churchillâs predilection for Pol Roger was sealed in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, when he met and formed a lasting friendship with the captivating Odette Pol-Roger, who encapsulated Churchillâs romantic vision of France. For the remainder of his lifetime, Pol Roger was to remain Sir Winstonâs champagne of choice, supplied to wherever his engagements demanded from what he described as âthe worldâs most drinkable addressâ: 44 Avenue de Champagne, Ãpernay. The friendship between the Churchill and Pol Roger families endures to this day.
Created in tribute to Pol Rogerâs most illustrious devotee, the prestige cuvÃ©e Sir Winston Churchill is appropriately composed of only the best grapes, from only the best vineyard sites to which Pol Roger have access and from only the best vintage years declared by the House. As Sir Winston himself once declared: âMy tastes are simple. I am easily satisfied with the best!â The precise formula is a family secret, but invariably is true to the style that Sir Winston himself preferred: robust, full-flavoured and mature. We suspect Pinor Noir dominates most releases, with 20-30% Chardonnay completing the blend.