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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 1975

Churchill and Champagne

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born in 1874, in the same year as Pol Roger’s first vintage champagne. This wine was to make Pol Roger famous on the English market. Equally, Winston Churchill was to grow into a statesman of the highest rank. In addition to having been selected as the most significant person in British history, he was also awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. This multi-talented man was a skilled polo player, oil painter and carpenter. His interest in wine, cigars and gastronomy is well-known.

Champagne was by far Churchill’s favourite drink. Even during the war years he never travelled without at least one case of Pol Roger champagne, the vintage 1828 being his preference. Churchill’s alcohol consumption was vast, but he never appeared drunken thanks to his well-trained tolerance for alcohol. Legend says that there was always a measure of alcohol in Churchill’s blood. Labour Party Member of Parliament Bessie Braddock once told Churchill off for being drunk, to which the wordy man replied: “Bessie, you are ugly. But in the morning I will be sober”.

Churchill was a disciplined and determined man who started his morning by working in his bed. He read the daily newspapers and communications and dictated assignments. He even received visitors sitting by his bed side with Nelson, his cat, keeping him company at the foot of the bed. It was quite often during the tough years of war that he started drinking wine already in the morning. He, if anyone, had the weight of a nation on his shoulders. If possible Churchill stayed in bed all morning. He would gather together friends, relatives, politicians and army leaders for lunch. War strategy was discussed over lunch with the help of champagne and brandy. In the afternoon Winston Churchill needed a rest to refresh him for the evening’s meetings. Churchill entertained his dinner guests night after night with unlimited champagne, cognac and cigars. He commonly got to bed only at around three or four in the morning. Churchill’s lavish alcohol consumption was criticized from time to time. He defended himself by saying: ”I can only say having gotten more out of alcohol than it has gotten out of me”.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

13 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering and Gentle

flavors

Citrus, White fruits, Toasty, Honey, Mineral and Creamy

nose

Youthful, Seductive, Pure and Complex

taste

Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Concentrated, Mature, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Fresh, Harmonious and Medium-Dry

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

A magnum of the very first vintage of Churchill was next, the 1975 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill. I had had this once before, also courtesy of Big Boy, at 2006’s holiday BYO party. Unfortunately, I lost my notes and the fifty wines I sampled on that legendary night, never to be shared again. Big Boy immediately crowned the Churchill as ‘6 star Champagne,’ and went on to add ‘the best of 1975.’ It was clean and racy with touches of vanilla, wheat and smoke. Incredibly long in the mouth, there were lots of limestone and slate flavors along with a touch of benevolent cat’s box. ‘Deleriumly focused,’ I wrote. It is not proper English, I know, but still appropriate; one of the joys of wine language is the ability to make your own words up! It was so focused that it made me deliriously joyful, for those of you that need translation. Linearly long, I added. There were also flavors of anise and lime on the rocks in this increasingly gamy and edgy Champagne, and even a hint of banana.
  • 96p
Good looking magnum size bottle, in an good condition and level is 4cm ullage below the cork. Colour is straw, and looking clear, bright and deep. On the nose it is open, wide, youthful, seductive, ripe, rich and charming. The taste is fresh, rich, elegant, perfumed, and medium-dry, medium-bodied, with balanced, complex, concentrated structure and mature. On the palate it is layered and has tropical fruits, citrus, creamy, dried-fruit, honey, white fruits, steely, nutty and buttery flavours. The finish is long, gentle, extensive and lingering. This wine is intelligent, excellent and fine. I paid around 1k-3k€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least 15min before tasting. Good value for money.
  • 96p

Intense golden yellow colour with lively character. Very fine Brioche nose, hints of roasting aroma, ripe pear and hints of yellow stone fruit, elegant minerality, roasted hazelnuts and an expressive aroma reminiscent of white truffles. On the palate very fine mousseux, excellent complexity and length.

  • 98p

Information

Origin

Epernay, Champagne

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Pure

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 Sebastien Abric / Acker Merrall & Condit, Pro (France)  tasted  Sir Winston Churchill 1975  ( Pol Roger )

Slight golden color, beautiful, fresh, crispy, great balance, very long. Superb

7m 7d ago

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Sir Winston Churchill 1975  ( Pol Roger )

Intense golden yellow colour with lively character. Very fine Brioche nose, hints of roasting aroma, ripe pear and hints of yellow stone fruit, elegant minerality, roasted hazelnuts and an expressive aroma reminiscent of white truffles. On the palate very fine mousseux, excellent complexity and length.

8m 20d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Sir Winston Churchill 1975  ( Pol Roger )

"A magnum of the very first vintage of Churchill was next, the 1975 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill. I had had this once before, also courtesy of Big Boy, at 2006’s holiday BYO party. Unfortunately, I lost my notes and the fifty wines I sampled on that legendary night, never to be shared again. Big Boy immediately crowned the Churchill as ‘6 star Champagne,’ and went on to add ‘the best of 1975.’ It was clean and racy with touches of vanilla, wheat and smoke. Incredibly long in the mouth, there were lots of limestone and slate flavors along with a touch of benevolent cat’s box. ‘Deleriumly focused,’ I wrote. It is not proper English, I know, but still appropriate; one of the joys of wine language is the ability to make your own words up! It was so focused that it made me deliriously joyful, for those of you that need translation. Linearly long, I added. There were also flavors of anise and lime on the rocks in this increasingly gamy and edgy Champagne, and even a hint of banana."

1y 8m ago

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