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    524
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    7
  • Decanting time

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  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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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.

 

The must undergoes two débourbages (settlings), one at the press house immediatly after pressing and the second, a débourbage à froid, in stainless steel tanks at 6°C over a 24 hour period. A slow cool fermentation with the temperature kept under 18°C takes place in stainless steel with each variety and each village kept seperate. The wine undergoes a full malolactic-fermentation prior to final blending. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle at 9°C in the deepest Pol Roger cellars (33 metres below street level) where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) by hand, a rarity in Champagne nowadays. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger is renowned owes much to these deep, cool and damp cellars.

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We started with my 1914 Pol Roger.  It was Montrachet-like with a nutty and oily mouthfeel.  Creamy and honeyed, there were nice wheat flavors to its magnificent texture.  This was round and made me want to be Champagne-bound.  Richness, roundness and greatness kept appearing in my notes, ‘what a body’ someone remarked.  While it had lost all of its fizz, and I have had another bottle or two of this wine this century that hadn’t, there was no doubting its deliciousness and potability at age 107 (97).

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Bottle brought straight from Pol Roger's cellars in Épernay, probably recorked in 2000 (so probably topped up with a little bit of younger wine?).
Paler and fresher than the bottle of 2014 that had been bought and stored in London. Deep straw colour. Still a lively mousse – amazingly. Tastes somehow 'cooler' but with a deep undertow. A little note of reduction even. Admirable freshness. Possibly on sheer taste I should give it 19.5 but it deserves another 0.5 for all the history behind it.

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Origin

Epernay, Champagne

Other wines from this producer

Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs Vinothèque

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Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Vinothèque

Pol Roger Vinothèque

Pol Roger vintage rosé

Pure

Reserve de Wermacht

Rich

Sir Winston Churchill

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