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Harvesting 2014

We have been harvesting for 15 days, from 12 to 26 September. The harvest is now over.
Following difficult weather conditions over the summer, the Champagne region enjoyed a sunny spell during the 3 weeks before harvesting, which produced very healthy grapes. Following difficult weather conditions over the summer, the Champagne region enjoyed a sunny spell during the 3 weeks before harvesting, which produced very healthy grapes.
On the whole, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are really beautiful. The Pinot Meuniers are sound too, although a little more uneven in some areas.


The heat was beneficial to the vine; however, it obliged us to be extremely vigilant in the winery as the grapes were warm. It also implied a good organisation between the picking and pressing procedures. The crop did not suffer any oxidation and the musts displayed very clear colours. The first smells developing during the fermentation are very pleasant. These conditions build up our hopes for a quality 2104 crop.

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History

Pol Roger recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and is perhaps best known as Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne. Established in 1849, Champagne Pol Roger remains family-owned and proudly independent to this day.

Pol Roger, the 1831 born founder of the house, had lived in the Grand Cru village of Aÿ his whole childhood. The whole family supported the enterprise of their son. From early on Pol Roger focused in exports, and the English market was the most important one from the beginning. The commercial success of the company had its roots in the business model where they produced other champagne brands in the Pol Roger facilities. Pol Roger is one of the few remaining family owned Grande Marque champagne businesses.

Christian de Billy’s son Hubert is actively involved in the company but Pol Roger recently recruited their first managers, Patrice Noyelle and Laurent d’Harcourt, from outside the family. Extensive vineyard holdings of 89 ha, and perfected skills in the art of blending hold the secret to the quality. The entire board of directors and many family members participate to the blending decisions. The cellars extend some 7 kilometres beneath the streets of Epernay and are carved out of the local chalk over three levels. Total production at Pol Roger is in the region of 1.5 million bottles per annum,

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Vineyards

Viticulture

The company owns some 89 hectares (220 acres) of vineyards on prime sites in the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs, and in the Vallée de la Marne. The remainder of its supplies cornes from individual growers, many of whom have supplied Pol Roger for generations. Pol Roger's vineyard is managed by "viticulture raisonnée" following the standard of production established by the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne. (CIVC).

 

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Winemaking

Pol Roger owns close to 50% of the vineyards used for their Champagne production, a true rarity in this region of large firms. Using strict guidelines, grapes are sourced exclusively from 1er and Grand Cru vineyards that rate at an average of 95 points on the Échelle des Crus classification system. (In each vintage, the Échelle des Crus system, or ladder of growths, operates on a percentile basis to fix grape prices of each cru, or delimited vineyard area in the Champagne appellation; Pol Roger’s vineyards, therefore, rank close to the highest quality possible among the Grande Marque Champagne houses.)

Prior to final blending each lot is aged on its own, separated by village, vineyard, grower and grape variety. Once blended, each bottle of Champagne Pol Roger is hand riddled in the cellars deep below the Epernay château. In effect, each bottle of Cuvée Champagne is hand-made. Pol Roger Champagnes are the marriage of power and elegance. 
 

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Winemaking since 1849

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  37 wines 

Champagne Magazines annual the Best 100 Champagnes 2017 tasting - Day 4 with new vintages from Dom Pérignon, Cuvée Winston Churchill, Armand de Brignac, Charles Heidsieck etc.

3d 2h ago

 Tuula Hällström, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Some higlights from yesterdays Champagne tasting: Dom Perignon 2009, Palmer 2009, Winston Churchill 2006 etc.

10d 6h ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Autumn tasting series started with friends at my home. Best wines were Terrantez 1795, Petrus 1990 mg, Cheval 1947, Latour 1961 and Pol Roger 1947 Mg.

27d 19h ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Memorable dinner at Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka, the first and only Teppanyaki restaurant in Europe awarded with a Michelin star with wines like Bouchard Montrachet 2014,  Dom Perignon P2 Rosé 1996 etc..highly recommend!

1m 9d ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Le Cinq "Wine Legends" Dinner with wines like Bouchard 1865, Beycheville 1899, DRC Conti 1940, DRC Richebourg 1942, Margaux 1928, Latour 1929, Mouton 1949, Petrus 1949, 1955, 1959, and 1966 etc.

2m 22d ago

 Philip Tuck / Master of Wine, MW (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  6 wines 

Louis Roederer Cristal 1996 (Magnum) Absolutely stunning nose of great complexity, enticement and elegance which evolved beautifully in the glass.  Still lean and elegant as you would expect from the vintage. Immensely satisfying with plenty of time to go although it is difficult to imagine how it can continue to improve.  For once a Cristal that exceeds expectations!. Impressive.  The bottles tasted were also excellent.  19.5

4m 7d ago

 Bartholomew Broadbent / Wine Writer, Wine Importer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Fonseca 1927 Vintage Port / Decanted just before serving. Delicate bronze red, soft color, very light, very faded but more red than the Krohn 1982 Colheita. The nose was very mature, Demerara, soft yet intense. Peppery. Almost a tawny Port spirit. Aromas of old pews and leather bibles in an old English church. The nose evolved throughout the evening, filling the glass, it became huge and totally amazing. The palate was initially hot and spicy. Very spicy. Slightly drying. Morel like brandy than Port but very gentle. It was like an old lady with a lot of pizzazz. As it evolved in the glass it became pure syrup in texture with maple flavors. It became delicious. Initially, it was not my best wine of the evening but as it evolved it became the wine of the night. *****

4m 11d ago

 Paulius Gruodis, Pro (Lithuania)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  14 wines 

This is not very frequent that in a single champagne tasting you are being offered some rare and old champagnes many of which score some bold 97-99 points. Certainly, it will not be surprising for anyone to assume this is due to the fact that these particular bottles were either oenothèque versions (late-disgorged having spent many years extra in the cellar) or with a perfect provenance. Otherwise I do not have any other explanation for huge scores I gave last weekend, especially, given that I had tried many of them on different occasions from bottles with original disgorgement. And what a difference if compared! This was a special tasting not only because of the above-mentioned features but also the content of the line-up itself. Top performers of the night were 1979 Pierre Peters Les Chétillons, 1990 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises, 1973 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Selosse trio from 1990 (50%), 1989 (25%) and 1988 (25%) as well as another trio by Anselme from 1998 (50%), 1997 (25%) and 1996 (25%), 1988 Franck Bonville Avize Grand Cru, 1985 Magnum Pommery Flacon d'Exception. To capture the great moment we have finished with 1870 Ingham Whitaker & Co. Marsala Superiore Riserva. Delicious indeed.

5m 19d ago

 John Lee, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Pierre Pérignon is said to have been a learned man, intelligent, broad-minded, warmhearted and punctual both in his religious and other duties. He was modest in character and way of life - an honorable man, small in size but with a big heart of gold. Such respect did he engender that when new bells were installed in the church of Hautvillers in 1706 his name was engraved on the largest. It was customary at the time to dedicate new church bells to the incumbent bishop and two other persons of note. As a winemaker monk Pérignon was a legend and as a man he seems to have been no less celebrated.


At the beginning of the 18th century the name of Dom Pérignon was so well-known that even many Frenchmen thought it a village or a monastery and searched for it on the map. Today his name remains just as famous and is a symbol for genuine and sophisticated champagne all over  the whole world.

6m 15d ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  26 wines 

KRUG CLOS DU MESNIL 1995 / The toasty nose, with a suggestion of oak, is both subtle and layered. The structure is exceptional; the rich fruitiness of the vintage is combined charmingly with the stylish acidity of the Chardonnay. The concentration is perfect and the length of the taste does not leave any room for improvement. The wines of the 1995 vintage can usually be enjoyed at a young age but the rather unattached aroma of oak should be allowed to integrate into the fruitiness of the wine over time.

6m 17d ago

 Sebastien Abric / Acker Merrall & Condit, Pro (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Some great Vega Sicilia Unicos from vintages 1921, 1924, 1936, 1942, 1946, 1951, 1962 etc.

7m 3d ago

 Morten Stomperud, Wine Collector (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Pol Roger . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Large Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico tasting with vintages 1921-2008

7m 27d ago

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