Champagne Pol Roger (founded 1849) is a notable producer of champagne. The brand is still owned and run by the descendants of Pol Roger. Based around the town of Épernay in the Champagne region, the house annually produces around 110,000 cases of sparkling wine.
Pol Roger was born on December 24, 1831, the son of a lawyer. Beginning as a wholesaler of wine, he sought to start his own champagne house in 1849, with the first growths released in 1853.
The owners of Pol Roger are members of the Primum Familiae Vini.
The house's prestige label is the vintage Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill is quoted as saying of his favourite tipple "In victory, deserve it. In defeat, need it!". They also release three non-vintage cuvées, the Pure Brut (no added sugar), Brut Réserve and Rich (sweet), as well as three other vintage wines, the Brut Vintage, Blanc de blancs and Rosé Vintage.
Pol Roger Brut Vintage is typically a blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir, although this can vary.
Pol Roger was the favourite champagne of Sir Winston Churchill. After Churchill's death in 1965, Pol Roger placed a black border around the labels of Brut NV shipped to the United Kingdom. In 1984, they introduced their finest wine, the Pinot Noir-dominant Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill. The first vintage of this cuvée (the one introduced in 1984) was the 1975. It has been followed by the 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998 vintages. This cuvée is typically released around ten years after its vintage year.
Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill replaced the Pol Roger P.R. Reserve Speciale at the top of the range. Reserve Speciale was a 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir blend from 100% rated grand cru vineyards.