About Me

Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pol Roger Champagne - Epernay

During the recent European summer - I had the pleasure once again to visit one of the few remaining great family-owned Champagne Houses - Pol Roger. Epernay is at the centre of Champagne and at the centre of Epernay is Pol Roger, with its cellars running under the Avenue de Champagne, the winemaking address of some of the most renowned vintage and non-vintage champagnes to be produced over the past 150 years. With many more waiting quietly maturing underground in over 7 kilometres and in 3 levels of dark cellars. Crafting exquisite wines, so often the first choice of wine writers and connoisseurs, and often described as ‘Sophisticated Simplicity’.


I was in the best possible hands for my time at Pol Roger - as Laurent D'Harcourt - the Export Director took me on a guided tour of the newly upgraded winemaking facilities that have been a major project and nearing an end. If you, like other connoisseurs felt that Pol Roger were crafting stunning Champagnes before, with their new facilities and custom made equipment, the future only looks bright for all whom enjoy quality Champagne.
After the winery tour - Laurent took me through a private tasting of the most recent Champagne releases - that will be making their way around the world and to New Zealand in the near future. These included: Pol Roger Pure, Non-Vintage, Blanc de Blancs, Rose and the exquisite Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill.

I always find great attention to detail along with style and finesse in Pol Roger. They craft a number of non-vintage and vintages cuvées. The non-vintage cuvées, of which there are two, are characterised by the inclusion of one-third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It was a pleasure to experience the Brut Réserve - an excellent example of the style. So was the Chardonnay Vintage, the Pol Roger ‘Blanc de Blancs’, and the vintage Rosé. But the stand out - were the two wines which the Champagne house has earned such a tremendous reputation - the Vintage Brut and the prestige cuvée, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.
As with all visits - one simply don’t wish to leave, but I had to catch a plane in Paris early the next morning, so reluctantly I had to end a memorable day.

1 comment:

  1. Epernay is a center to Champagne houses like Moet et Chandon, Mercier, Perrier-Jouet and Pol Roger. The famous mansion is known by the name of Avenue de Champagne and is consist of about 18 buildings catering to champagne. It is also a home of leading champagne manufacturers of Epernay France. Many of the champagne houses provide tours to the visitors. They also offer several discounts on wines.