Nothing says “let’s celebrate” quite like a tall, crisp glass of Champagne…
Since it’s accidental discovery in France during the late 1600s, the bubbly drop has exploded – pardon the pun – across the globe. Following its survival of both World Wars, Champagne rose to the title of most heralded fizzy beverage on the menu, and built a reputation associated with elegance and class. Enter the likes of Jay Gatsby, James Bond and, for those who like it before noon, Holly Golightly.
Champagne is the beverage most frequently served during any kind of festivity, acknowledgment or ceremony; and ever-present when honouring the matrimonial union of two souls. Perhaps the most esteemed Champagne for such an occasion is Pol Roger.
With an impressive resume of party invitations, including as the house pour at the receptions of His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales’ marriage to Ms. Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018, and of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York to Mr. Jack Brooksbank on the 12th October 2018, Pol Roger has made a splash with one of the most impressive statuses in the circle of leading Champagne namesakes.
Yet it does not discriminate; and you certainly don’t need to be regal to enjoy it.
An afternoon spent rejoicing calls for Pol Roger. Here is how:
The perfect setting for Pol Roger Champagne?
A celebration; anything merry with family and friends.
Indoor or outdoor?
Pol Roger Brut Reserve Non-Vintage. Affectionately nicknamed ‘White Foil’.
The taste of this style?
Unique. The White Foil blend contains consistently equal portions of the three Champagne grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
The Pinot Noir contributes body, depth of character and life extending tannins; the Pinot Meunier adds youthful freshness, vigour and plump fruit character while Chardonnay gives lightness, elegance and firmness.
Ideal number of people to share a bottle of Pol Roger with?
“A magnum is perfect for two, when the other is not drinking”
- Christian Pol Roger
Ideal food pairings for Pol Roger ‘White Foil’?
With crisp flavours and racy acidity, the NV Champagne is a perfect aperitif – crisps, oysters, olives, crudités and what-have-you. The freshness and palate-priming acid also works beautifully with fattier foods like croquettes, sashimi, charcuterie as well as plenty of lighter, greens-heavy main dishes.
Regatta suggests: Fried oysters with kohlrabi slaw, and wasabi mayo.
How does the aforementioned style of Pol Roger enhance the flavours of this food?
Of course, oysters will always be a tried-and-true match to any Champagne. The Pol Roger NV’s upfront fruit of mango and pear, cuts and calms the wasabi mayo; and the complex notes of quince and apricot are brought forward by the kohlrabi’s juicy yet earthy essence.
Activity that best suits the accompaniment of Pol Roger?
Ideal glass to drink Pol Roger from?
The Riedel Performance Restaurant Champagne wine glass.
The trick to correctly opening a bottle of Pol Roger?
With caution. Hold the thumb the over the capsule and cradle/muselet. Lock the cork in the palm with the index finger and twist the bottle from the base back and forward, easing the cork out slowly. It shouldn’t pop, but rather make a soft sigh of content.
Words to describe Pol Roger?
Independently family owned for 170 years.
Words to describe the people who like to drink Pol Roger?
“One may think one knows champagne and yet, that day, one truly discovers it.”
- Christian Pol Roger
Don’t miss out on spending an afternoon with Pol Roger at Regatta for Pol Roger’s superior Champagne Lunch Sunday 28th of April 12 noon, during which four premium Cuvees accompanied by 4 paired courses will take you on a culinary journey through the region of Champagne itself. Book here.