Friday 18th June at 7.30pm, Edward Sheldon Wines
New Street,Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4EN
Champagne Pol Roger is one of the few remaining houses still owned and run by the founding family, who remain responsible for the winemaking and
selection of the cuvées each year.
Pol Roger was born on 24th December 1831 in the village of Aÿ. He elected not to follow in his father’s footsteps by entering law, but received his support when he showed a determined interest in the wine trade. Pol set up in Aÿ as a négociant or wholesaler at the age of 17, drawing initial business from his family’s contacts and clients of his father. In 1849, saw the birth of the new Champagne house as Pol Roger began to create his own cuvées (for release from 1853) rather than bring in wines solely from other houses.
On the death of Pol Roger, his two sons took over the stewardship of the
Company. Then in 1900, tragedy struck when the major part of the cellars in
Epernay collapsed destroying 1.5 million bottles, much of it destined for
England. Other Champagne houses and agents rallied round to support Pol
Roger and help the company maintain its export business.
The association with Winston Churchill began in 1908, he was then in the
Cabinet as President of the Board of Trade and became a customer for the first time, and the life long association with the brand began. His motto during the war time, which was borrowed from Napoleon was ‘In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it!” In 1965 when Churchill died a tribute was made to their most loyal client by adding his name to a prestigious cuvée.
The tasting of Pol Roger Champagne will take place at Edward Sheldon
Wines in Shipston-on-Stour with Nick James who is Managing Director of Pol
Roger U.K. Nick will take us through the colourful history of the Company
and seven of its finest cuvées.
The tickets are £35.00 per person and will include a selection of canapés.
Please make your booking through the Shipston-on-Stour shop. Tel 01608
661409 or email: [email protected]
Bennetts Fine Wines
t/a Edward Sheldon
New Street,Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire,CV36 4EN
Tel: 01608 661409
Source: Edward Sheldon