Five Generations of Tradition at the Pol Roger Champagne House
In 1849, Pol Roger founded the champagne house of the same name at the foot of the Reims mountains, whose surroundings were famous for their vineyards. At the young age of 18, the merchant sold his first wine, developed his own business due to his father’s early illness and settled in Épernay.
Today, the Champagne Pol Roger winery is still run by his descendants and managed by the fifth generation of the Roger family, which has not been a matter of course in the region for a long time. This is the only way to continue the tradition of champagne production and to preserve true quality and excellence.
With this conviction, Champagne Pol Roger soon became a respected brand and survived catastrophes such as the partial collapse of the buildings and cellars in 1900, the Second World War and Prohibition.
From the very beginning, the company was committed to exclusivity and uncompromising quality, maintaining a noble and high-class style over the decades and refining it further and further. Thus, the visions of the young founder live on in today’s owners Evelyne and Hubert de Billy. Today, the Champagne Pol Roger estate is one of the best champagne houses in France.
Royal Excellence: The Champagne of Gentlemen
It was not only connoisseurs who were enthusiastic about the exquisite character embodied in the wines of the house in Épernay, but soon also high-ranking personalities. The English court learned to appreciate the full-bodied, brilliant style very early on and appointed Pol Roger the official purveyor to the court as early as 1911.
Winston Churchill’s Favourite Champagne
Winston Churchill, who became a friend of the family in the 1940s, also chose Pol Roger as his absolute favourite champagne. He was so crazy about the products that he had bottles of champagne sent to him from France whenever he travelled abroad and even named his racehorse after his favourite brand.
In memory and as a tribute, the Champagne Pol Roger winery supplied all bottles exported to England with a black mourning rim after Churchill’s death. The Sir Winston Churchill cuvée is now considered one of the house’s classics and is a lasting tribute to the politician and bon vivant.
A special feature of Champagne Pol Roger is that after the careful selection of the grapes, all the wines are vinified fresh and fruit-driven. None of the base wines are aged in wooden barrels, which promotes the fine elegance and clarity of the products. The estate is also characterised by particularly cool cellars, where the wine finds the perfect conditions. Everything else is, of course, a family secret…
Champagne as an Attitude to Life
Hardly any other champagne house knows how to celebrate the nobility and dignity of champagne as well as Champagne Pol Roger. Even the standard here is excellent.
Pol Roger Brut Réserve
The true class of the sparkling wines is revealed in the non-vintage champagnes, which are classic cuvées with a fine, fresh and full-bodied character. The Brut Réserve, a cuvée of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, for example, has a rich, aromatic bouquet and spicy nuances.
Pol Roger Brut Nature “Pure”
The Brut Nature “Pure” is a zero-dosage champagne with a clear, stylish style and a distinguished mousseux. Since 1999, cellar master Dominique Petit has been demonstrating his skills in the cellar of the Champagne Pol Roger winery, and he too remains true to the exquisite style of the house.
As an original from Champagne, he is passionate about his work and always shows a trace of joy in experimenting. The aim is always to produce particularly long-lasting and storable wines that do not lose their class even over decades in the bottle.
Sir Winston Churchill Cuvée
One of the flagships of the house is and remains the Sir Winston Churchill cuvée, which reflects the character of the statesman in a complex and mature way.
The champagne shines with indomitable strength, backbone and dignity that will endure for centuries to come. The cohesion and family spirit of the Rogers and the infinitely enjoyable nature is what makes Pol Roger Champagne a true way of life.
Pol Roger was the favourite champagne of Winston Churchill and the official court champagne of the English royal family since the beginning of the 20th century.