Fine Champagne's flirty bubbles, seductive aroma, and sublime flavor force you to stop and count your blessings - it is truly the taste of the good life! Who knew we had anything in common but like Sir Winston Churchill, I find that a glass of bubbly makes a good day excellent and a bad day better. His preferred Champagne was Pol Roger and after attending a tasting hosted by Frederick Wildman & Sons Importers in NYC at the Four Seasons Restaurant, I know why!
Pol Roger made headlines last year when their Brut Reserve was served at the Royal Wedding of Will and Kate but this fine Champagne is no bubbly come lately. Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated. Pol Roger Champagnes earn consistently high marks and here are four of their beautiful bubblies that are sure to captivate you.
Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve "White Foil" NV
It is often said that the true quality of a Champagne house is best judged by the consistency and quality of their non-vintage wine and Pol Roger's Brut Reserve captures their house style brilliantly. Pol Roger Brut Reserve is traditionally a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir (body and depth), Pinot Meunier (freshness and vigorous fruit) and Chardonnay (elegance and finesse). Subtle notes of citrus with hints of pear and a mellow minerality make this a perfect pairing with caviar and raw oysters.
Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs 2000
Only released in the finest of vintages, Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay and a powerful reminder of the essence of champagne - tiny bubbles and complex notes that come together to create a balanced beauty. Rich fruits and minerality fill the mouth without overwhelming the palate.
Pol Roger Brut Rosé 2002
Rosé adds to Champagne's considerable charms by capturing the eye with a lovely shade of pink and treating the tastebuds to vibrant red fruit flavors. Pol Roger only produces Brut Rosé in vintage years and the 2002 is vibrant and plummy with beautiful berry and cherry flavors balanced by a refreshing minerality. A delicate and sexy wine.
Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1999
The friendship between Champagne Pol Roger and Sir Winston Churchill dates back to the 1928 vintage and he called Pol Roger "the world's most drinkable address." The exact blend of the Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is a family secret but sources say Pinot Noir is probably the dominant grape. Rich, bold, and balanced - this Champagne tastes like power!