Champagne Pol Roger is one of the very few remaining houses still owned and run by the founding family, who remain responsible for the winemaking and selection of the cuvées each year. Pol Roger was born on 24th December 1831 in the village of Aÿ. He elected not to follow his father’s footsteps by entering the law, but received his support when he showed a determined interest in the wine trade. Pol set up in Aÿ as a négociant or wholesaler at the age of 17, drawing initial business from his family’s contacts and clients of his father. The following year, 1849, saw the birth of the new champagne house as Pol Roger began to create his own cuvées (for release from 1853) rather than bring in wines solely from other houses.
The golden color, dense and brilliant, is shot through with thousands of bubbles. The fresh and lively nose expresses a fine, complex register of cloves and roses, developing into hints of bread crumbs, yeast and citrus fruit. The palate is fine and straight as an arrow, surprising after the mature, concentrated nose. This firm texture acts like a carving, resulting in a sumptuous wine that is fine and well-structured. The aromas of honey and clove come through with subtlety, giving the wine extra depth and contributing to its good length.