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1955 Pol Roger Brut


Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; label condition issue

ITEM 8665240 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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Pol Roger

Pol Roger is named after the founder, who started selling Champagne in 1849 at age 18 to help support his parents and siblings. The family soon moved into Epernay, the seat of France’s Champagne region, and throughout the 20th century one generation after the next took over the firm. In the 1940s Pol Roger Champagne became Winston Churchill’s Champagne of choice. Today the firm is still run by descendants of the founder and Pol Roger still makes a Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill in honor of Churchill’s great affection for Champagne in general, and Pol Roger in particular.


France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.