This week Richard Juhlin premier-tasted 2015 Pol Roger ‘Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill’ in Stockholm. [read the full champagne story]
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PRODUCER PROFILE – POL ROGER
When the foremost ambassador for Champagne, the deeply missed legend Christian Pol-Roger retired from the scene we were many who were afraid that Pol Roger would lose its status. But with majestic and sportyLaurent d`Harcourt at the helm the quality is salved. Winston Churchill’s favourite domain was established in 1849 by Pol Roger, who was succeeded by his sons, Maurice and Georges. At the turn of the century the Roger family changed its name to Pol-Roger. Maurice was the mayor of Épernay during the week-long occupation of the town by the Germans in September 1914. Despite German threats to shoot him and burn down the town, he remained defiant and was later hailed almost as a saint in the town. He was voted honorary mayor for life.
England has always been the main export market for Pol Roger, and when the wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill died the label of the Champagne was black-edged in memory. After a suitable period of mourning, the 1975 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill was launched, in magnums only. The wine is made in a style they believe Sir Winston would have appreciated. His favorite vintages were 1928, 1934, and 1947.