The house of Pol Roger was founded in 1849 and today is one of the few houses remaining in the hands of the original family. With a total production of only 1.5 million bottles per year, (compare this with Moet’s 5 million bottles per year) the cornerstone of the Pol Roger philosophy is quality before quantity. As a long time favourite of the British Royal family who in 1911, bestowed upon the house a Royal Warrant making it the Palace House Pour, the Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV was served at the Buckingham Palace reception following the recent nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It can certainly be said that this Champagne is fit for a King.
The cellars of Pol Roger are carved out of chalk and run 7km beneath the streets of Epernay. The deepest part of the cellar, known as the ‘cave de prise de mousse’ is 33 meters below street level and maintains a constant temperature of 9 degrees Celsius rather than the more common cellar temperature of 11-12 degrees.
This deep cave is where the Pol Roger style is finely tweaked and their famously fine bubbles begin to flourish. As the wine undergoes the secondary fermentation in bottle, the cooler temperature prolongs the fermentation thus contributing to the quality and House style.
The Pol Roger NV range consists of the Brut Réserve NV and Rich NV with the latter containing a slightly higher dosage or sugar content. The rest of the champagnes are vintage-dated consisting of Brut Vintage 1999 and 2000, Blanc de Blancs 1999 and 2000 the Brut Rose 2002 as well as the 1998 and 1999 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.
‘My tastes are simple; I am easily satisfied with the best!’ Sir Winston Churchill