Pol Roger has been producing Champagne in Epernay since 1894 and the descendants of the founder continue to run the House today. Relative to the other major Champagne Houses, Pol Roger has a low production, producing only 110,000 cases across their range. Having strong ties to the UK market, the House currently holds a Royal Warrant as purveyors of Champagne to the British Royal Family.

“In success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it” – Sir Winston Churchill

Pol Roger is perhaps best known for being Churchill’s favourite champagne, with the House estimating that he drank 42,000 bottles of Pol Roger in his lifetime – that’s two a day since his first Pol Roger invoice in 1908! After Churchill’s death in 1984, Pol Roger designed a black border around the labels of their Champagnes shipped to the UK market, and a decade later in honour of their esteemed patron, Pol Roger created the Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill. Considered to be their prestige cuvee, the blend is a closely guarded secret, but is made to match Churchill’s preference for more robust, food-friendly vintage Champagnes. The cuvee is only made in exceptional vintages, and the grapes are selected only from Grand Cru vineyards. The House release the Champagne later than their other vintages, again in reference to Churchill’s appreciation for older wines.

Pol Roger’s vintage Champagnes consist of at least 60% Pinot Noir and up to 40% Chardonnay. With grapes hailing from 20 Grand and Premier Cru vineyards, the Champagne is only released roughly ten years later. In addition to their selection of vintage Champagnes, Pol Roger also create a Brut Reserve Non-Vintage that is made with a high proportion of reserve wine and is an equal split between Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

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