POL ROGER RESERVE BRUT CHAMPAGNE (FRANCE)
Grape Variety: 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier, 33% Chardonnay
Producer: Pol Roger
Production Method: Traditional
- Powerful and attractive nose, pear and mango
- Fragrances of beeswax and acacia honey
- Elegant flavours of honeysuckle and white jasmine, lingering on vanilla and brioche
- On the palate cooked fruit, quince and apricot jam
- Pair with: mildly earthy, soft and smooth cheeses
Pol Roger founded his Champagne house in Epemay in 1849. Over the next 50 years, until his death in 1899, he built his business into one of the most respected in Champagne and, in particular, forged strong trade links with Britain.
The cellars extend some 7 kilometres beneath the streets of Epernay and are carved out of the local chalk over three levels, the deepest known as the 'cave de prise de mousse' at 33m below street level. As the name suggests this is where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. This deep cellar is at 9° or less, rather than a normal cellar temperature of 11-12°, thus prolonging this fermentation.
They are amongst the coolest and deepest cellars in the region, a factor which contributes to the famously fine bubbles in Pol Roger's Champagnes.
Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV was served at the reception following the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, also said to be a favourite of Winston Churchills.