Pol Roger History
Pol Roger, a “Champenois” from Aÿ, founded his champagne house in Epernay in 1849. Over the next fifty years, until his death in 1899, he built his business into one of the most respected wines in Champagne and, in particular, forged strong trade links with Britain.
The founder was succeeded by his sons, Maurice and Georges, who changed their family name to Pol Roger by deed poll and, thereafter, by a further three generations (to date) of his direct descendants.
The supervisory board of family members (the Conseil de Surveillance) is headed by Christian de Billy, a great grandson of the founder. Christian’s son, is also a members.
In 2013 Laurent d’Harcourt, former Export Director, was appointed President of Pol Roger.
Pol Roger House
Champagne Pol Roger, with stocks of 7.5 million of bottles representing some 4 to5 year’s supply, is among the smallest of the great Champagne houses, but ranks with the very highest in terms of prestige and an uncompromising reputation for quality.
It remains proudly independent, one of a very select brand of “Grandes Marques” still remaining in family hands.
The company owns some 88 hectares of vineyards on prime sites in the Vallée de la Marne, the Montagne de Reims and in the Côte des Blancs.
The remainder of its supplies comes from individual growers, many of whom have supplied Champagne Pol Roger for generations.
Pol Roger Style
Distinction and elegance, this is Pol Roger style. According to Laurent d’Harcourt, in each bottle of Pol Roger one will find complexity with finesse.
The House cellars extends to 7 km in the chalk below Epernay and are among the coolest and deepest in the region, contributing no doubt to the excellent, persistent mousse of small bubbles which distinguishes all Pol Roger champagnes.
It is not surprising therefore that Winston Churchill and the British Royal Family made Pol Roger their favourite champagne.
To learn more about Pol Roger read BestChampagne exclusive interview with its President Laurent d’Harcourt.