Champagne Pol Roger has been producing exceptional champagne for over 160 years. To this day the house remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. Indeed, it is this quality which brought about Sir Winston Churchill’s lifelong attachment to Pol Roger, who famously insisted “In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it”.

Our finest exponent, Sir Winston Churchill, was a gentleman of impeccable taste and another of his great passions was horses. Therefore it seemed fitting to celebrate the launch of the Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2004 at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2014.

To celebrate the launch of the Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2004, Maison Pol Roger bottled a limited edition Methuselah of this cuvee, which was unveiled at the Riders and Owners party at Badminton Horse Trials by professional event rider, Laura Collett. Laura was a fitting candidate to reveal this exceptional bottle, because her riding career has been similarly extraordinary. Laura enjoyed an astronomical rise to success and was on course to continue when, in 2013, she had a devastating fall which left her in a coma for a week with a fractured shoulder, punctured lung, lacerated liver, two broken ribs and permanent loss of vision in one eye. However Laura has made a remarkable recovery and has returned to eventing, displaying an unswerving commitment to the sport and impressive determination and bravery.

We are delighted to be working with Bonhams to auction this unique Methuselah of Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2004 and, on Laura’s request will donate the proceeds to the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, to fund innovative medical research, that we hope will lead to a repair and cure for spinal cord injury. This worthy cause is already championed by fellow talented event rider Claire Lomas, who had an accident while competing at Osberton Horse Trials in May 2007 and has been fundraising ever since for charities that are researching spinal injuries and their potential treatments.

The newly released Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2004 is exclusively made from Chardonnays selected from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs ;  Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger. Produced in limited quantities, this Cuvée has been aged for 9 years in the Pol Roger cellars before being released onto the market.

The cellars run for 7km and are on three levels, the deepest known as the ‘cave de prise de mousse’ at 34m below street level. As the name suggests this is where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. The fact that this deep cellar is at 9°C or less, rather than a normal cellar temperature of 11-12°C, prolongs this fermentation and contributes to the quality and particular style of the wines and their famously fine bubbles.

The Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2004 is a pure delight of a Champagne; to be savoured either as an aperitif or enjoyed as an excellent match for fine food.

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