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It is almost Christmas. Doesn’t really feel like that here in Vietnam, but the calendar does not lie. Christmas eve is tomorrow. I am a bit on holiday mood as well, so I thought about sharing a few of my favorite champagne quotes with you. Makes for good dinner table conversations (and to be honest, I am feeling a bit un-creative). So here you go, words from (wise) men and women, all connected by a love for the French bubbly.
“Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s
Champagne!” Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain, (1874 – 1965).
“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.” John Maynard Keynes, American writer (1883 – 1946).
He who doesn’t risk never gets to drink champagne.” An old Russian proverb (does this mean I risk it every week?)
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Mark Twain, American novelist (1835 – 1910)
“In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it,” Winston Churchill
I am always interested in a wine producer with a story. Preferably many stories. Pol Roger has 160 of history and a style that is loyal to the founders vision. I have always liked their champagnes. They are charismatic and masculine, have powerful notes and a long lingering aftertaste. It is always a pleasure to open a Pol Roger, even the basic Cuvee. Recently I attended a tasting where the importer for Sweden gave me a few fun facts on what makes the house so special.
First, the cellars of Pol Roger are deep underground. In 1900 the family cellars collapsed and the new cellars were dug under. The temperature is cooler, thus the champagnes develop slower than the competition. This is why you often don’t see very young vintages out in the stores, they are still too tight to put on the market. I wonder if the Salons are also aged in cooler conditions..
A second interesting fact refers to the Pol Roger Special Cuvee Winston Churchill: the secret recipe to celebrate the man who said “champagne should be cold, dry and free” (I couldn’t agree more). The cuvee is said to be his favorite and every vintage is made to mirror his taste. Actually Winston’s favorite vintage was the -28, so the wine is made to be as similar as possible to that specific year. I wonder how many bottles they have left and if they every year pop open a bottle to compare? If you want to have a taste, you can find a bottle of the -28 for around 3000£ at a special wine dealer. I wonder how good that would be…
Very recently I had a taste of the Pol Roger blanc de blancs 2006, vintage 2004 as well as the Winston Churchill 2002. All tasted great but it is clear that they have not reached their full potential yet. So definitely something to put aside for a rainy day (or just a Monday, who knows).
Wishing you a great week and hopefully some good moments with Pol Roger!