“In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it” Winston Churchill
Pol Roger started producing champagne in 1849, based in the town of Epernay and it continues to this day to be run by his descendants. The Estate, relative to the other major houses, has a low production, producing only 110,000 cases across their range, including their leading non-vintage, the Vintage and their Sir Winston Churchill prestige wine. Pol Roger has strong ties to the UK market; it was the favourite Champagne of Winston Churchill and currently holds the Royal Warrant as purveyors of Champagne to the British Royal Family and to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Pol Roger are famous for three wines:
Their Pol Roger non-vintage champagne, which offers exceptional quality at a very compelling price. It has cemented its place as a leading NV champagne, offering incredibly finesse and balance and continues to be a favorite of the UK market.
Their Pol Roger Vintage Brut Champagne which is a blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir, made from 20 Grand and Premier Crus vineyards. The 2004 saw a cool early summer and a warm late summer, which helped the grapes retain the necessary acidity, combined with concentrated fruit juice. After the first fermentation the wine rested in the House’s 33 metre deep cellars, it was then removed, hand riddled and aged for 8 years.
Pol Roger was the favourite champagne of Sir Winston Churchill and after his death in 1965 Pol Roger designed a black border around the labels of the Brut NV shipped to the UK market. In 1984 they introduced their Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill, which is now considered to be their prestige cuvee, it is Pinot Noir dominant and is generally released ten years after the vintage. The Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill took the place of the Pol Roger Reserve Speciale at the head of their their range. The Reserve Speciale has traditionally been a 50/50 blend of Pinot Nor and Chardonnay, but in 1988 they terminated the production as they felt there was no longer a need to have two competing prestige labels.