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    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

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.

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Vintage 1947

The world’s best wine vintage – 1947?

If the wine producers from different regions were asked to name the best vintages from their winemaking history, the most would name 1947 as one of the great ones. If we then compared them together there would be most likely only one vintage that the most if not every producer had named on list – 1947. 

The vintage 1947 was a magical vintage. It remains in the history as one of the only vintages that all well-established quality wine regions in the world were blessed with superb weather conditions. The heat waves  were experienced all around the world and for instance the whole Europe was bating under scorching sun and experiencing a heat wave  during the summer. This resulted very concentrated and highly ripe grapes. The producers had challenges to handle the very ripe grapes with high sugar levels as there was a constant risk of bacterial contamination in less hygienic cellars that had no artificial cooling systems. As there was no technology to use, many invoked on huge blocks of ice to cool the room temperature down and even putting ice in their fermentation tanks. 

This vintage has proven to yield very long lasting wines from all around the world. The wines are marked with sweet and ripe fruit character and warming alcohol. Due to the poorly hygenic winemaking facilities, many of the wines show volatile characters. Some might find this as a fault, but for many mature wine lovers this feature is even a preferred character. However, when buying the wines from this vintage, one should be aware that there is high level of bottle variations and the risk of having highly volatile wines is remarkably high. 

In Champagne, the vintage was outstanding. The heat wave lead to very early harvest. The yields were however smaller than on average year. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Gold and Bright

ending

Medium and Extensive

flavors

Apricot, Toasty, Mineral, Nutty and Caramel

nose

Intense, Complex, Rich and Charming

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Developing, Medium-bodied, Rich, Ripe, Refined and Dry

Verdict

Well-rounded and Fine

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is gold, and looking bright and medium. On the nose it is open, mature, complex, charming and rich. The taste is refined, rich, ripe, and dry, and average in acidity, medium-bodied, with balanced structure and developing. On the palate it is layered and has caramel, mineral, toasty, nutty and apricot flavours. The finish is long and extensive. This wine is wonderful and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-5 years.
- (Created by Tb)
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Information

Origin

Epernay, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

20min

Other wines from this producer

Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs Vinothèque

Brut Réserve

Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Vinothèque

Pol Roger Vinothèque

Pol Roger vintage rosé

Pure

Reserve de Wermacht

Rich

Sir Winston Churchill

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