On Thursday 9th February 2017, in the intimate and secluded oasis of Perk’s Field, Kensington Palace, the Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 was launched to an audience of press, trade and notable guests. Currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace was a suitably spectacular setting to match the release of this landmark vintage. Champagne Pol Roger was first awarded a Royal Warrant in 1877 by Queen Victoria and is now one of the few houses to hold a Royal Warrant for supplying Her Majesty The Queen.

Champagne Pol Roger has been producing exceptional champagne for over 165 years. To this day the house remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. The 2008 vintage is no exception, the latest in a line of exceptional vintages. Made from the traditional house vintage blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers crus vineyards in the “Montagne de Reims” and the “Côte des Blancs” and produced only in limited quantities, the Brut Vintage 2008 has been aged for 8 years in their famously deep cellars (34m below street level) before being disgorged and released onto the market.

The 2008 harvest was characterised by outstanding conditions in the vineyard; the grapes were healthy, and the balance of sugar and acidity, perfect. All indications thus far suggest that the champagne will reflect the qualities of this remarkable vintage and the family believe it will rival the iconic vintages in the house’s history. Indeed, it promises to be one of the top twelve vintages since the house’s foundation in 1849.

Beyond the favourable climatic conditions, 2008 is an auspicious year because it marks 100 years since Sir Winston Churchill, the champagne house’s most famous exponent, became a customer of Pol Roger & Cie. In the same year in which he became engaged to Clementine, President of the Board of Trade as well as a Cabinet Minister, Churchill bought a supply of the 1895 vintage from Randolph Payne & Sons. The Churchill and Pol-Roger families remain friends to this day and were both in attendance at the launch.

James Simpson MW, Managing Director of Pol Roger Portfolio, said of the launch “Champagne Pol Roger take vintage champagne very seriously, and this is a serious vintage. The house of Pol Roger has never shied away from crafting their wines to an exacting standard, ensuring the wine ages longer and develops complexity, the standard first established by Monsieur Pol Roger in 1849. We make vintage champagne to last, and this wine has all the hallmarks of a classic Pol Roger vintage, with ample concentration and richness to develop over the next 20 years.”

Tasting note:

“Excellent purity and refinement on the nose, very focused. Autolytic complexity, toasted bread and pastry, but also red fruits and a hint of spice. The palate shows excellent depth of fruit but also a very firm, taut acidity to complement the richness. Long and persistent finish, very well integrated dosage and built for the long-haul. More refined than the 2002 (and a very different style) was at this stage of its development. Drink 2018 – 2040.” James Simpson MW

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