Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier/Chardonnay Blend * 75cl * 12.5% ABV * Champagne, France
Although not a brand that everyone knows Pol Roger has always had many influential fans.
Churchill liked to drink his Pol Roger by the pint (a size no longer made, sadly, but roughly equivalent to 50cl), and it is reckoned that in the last 10 years of his life, more than 500 cases of the stuff passed through his cellars. Of her father's fondness for Pol Roger, Churchill's daughter, Lady Soames, once said, "I saw him many times the better for it, but never the worse." The Germans even placed spies in Pol Roger as you could trace Churchill's planned movements around the UK by the shipments of Champagne for him!
Today it is the favourite Champagne of the Queen.
This great reverence is partly because it is the driest of the major non-vintage Champagnes and partly due to the soft wild strawberry Pinot Noir flavours but mainly because it has the finest most discreet mousse (smallest bubbles) of any Champagne, which is one of the key standards by which Champagne is judged.
Although no one quite understands how and why the bubbles in ‘Pol’ come out like this, it is widely believed to be due to their cellar’s being the deepest in Champagne and hence the coldest, the small bubbles being a by-product of the cooler aging.