"The PFV is one large family made up of 11 member families, each sharing the same goal: to produce the very best we can. The Pol Roger family is very proud to be associated with this illustrious group and we will never compromise our pursuit of excellence".
- Hubert de Billy -
Champagnes which shine like good deeds in a naughty wolrd
At the tender age of 24, Pol Roger founded this famous Champagne house which remains family owned and family run to this day. The refusal to compromise where quality is concerned has been the hallmark of this house since its inception.
With access to the very best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes from its own 211-acre domaine and contracts with suppliers who have provided grapes to the firm for generations, the champagnes produced are a rare glimpse of the sublime.
Deep, cool cellars and extensive ageing contribute to the famous Pol Roger mousse of minute bubbles and wines with characteristic elegance and structure. Over the years, the house has developed a reputation for champagnes of great substance and ageing potential.
The range includes the Brut Reserve Non-Vintage ‘White Foil' as well as the Rich (demi-sec), the Pure (brut nature), the Brut Vintage, Brut Rosé and Brut Chardonnay.
In honour of the house's most famous and loyal devotee, the Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is the cuvée de prestige par excellence. It is made in a style that suited his palate and his character: robust and full-bodied. Only eight vintages since 1975 have been deemed worthy of his name. As the great statesman once joked: "My tastes are simple. I am easily satisfied with the best!".
POL ROGER, a "Champenois" from Aÿ, founded his Champagne house in Epernay in 1849.
Over the next fifty years, until his death in 1899, he built his business into one of the most respected champagne producer and, in particu¬lar, forged strong trade links with Britain.
The founder was succeeded by his sons, Maurice and Georges, who changed their names to Pol-Roger by deed poll and, thereafter, by a further three generations (to date) of his direct descendants.
In 1998, Patrice Noyelle joined the company to become "Président du Directoire" after having spent 25 years in the Burgundian wine company of his wife's family.
The supervisory board of family members (the "Conseil de Surveillance”) is headed by Christian de Billy, a great grandson of the founder. Christian's son, Hubert and Laurent d'Harcourt are also members of the Directoire.
POL ROGER, with stocks of 8 million of bottles representing some 5 years supply, is among the smallest of the great champagne houses, but ranks with the very highest in terms of prestige and an uncompromising reputation for quality. It remains proudly independent, one of a very select brand of "Grandes Marques" still remaining in family hands.
Its cellars, extending to 7,5 km, lie on five levels in the chalk below Epernay and are among the coolest and deepest in the region, contributing no doubt to the persistent mousse of small bubbles which distinguishes all Pol Roger Champagnes.
The current range includes Brut Réserve Non-Vintage, Pure, Rich, Brut Vintage, Brut Blanc de Blancs Vintage, Brut Rosé Vintage and the renowned Sir Winston Churchill Cuvée.
The company owns some 89 hectares (220 acres) of vineyards on prime sites in the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs, and in the Vallée de la Marne. The remainder of its supplies cornes from individual growers, many of whom have supplied Pol Roger for generations.
Pol Roger's vineyard is managed by "viticulture raisonnée" following the standard of production established by the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins de Champagne. (CIVC).
For more information, please visit the Pol Roger website: www.polroger.com