Grande Marque champagne house Pol Roger, who supports professional event riders, Laura Collett and Harry Meade, has further cemented its support for elite British Eventing in becoming the Official Champagne sponsor of both the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015 and the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 at Blair Castle.
In celebration of this honour they have released a limited edition Pol Roger Brut Reserve gift box, available exclusively at Waitrose, whilst stocks last.
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is widely acknowledged to be one of the World’s toughest eventing challenges, and takes place in Stamford, Lincolnshire from 3rd – 6th September, attracting more than 160,000 visitors over a four-day period. Situated within the magnificent parkland of Burghley House, Land Rover Burghley is renowned not only as a major international sporting event, but also as one of the premier occasions in the autumn social calendar.
Following hot on its heels is the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015, held at Blair Castle from 10th-13th September. This high profile event also attracts the top equestrian athletes, who will compete for the title of European Champion. The Championship at Blair Castle will benefit from the added excitement of being the final opportunity for European Nations to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It is anticipated that there will be 80 competitors from 16 nations taking part over four days of competition.
Pol Roger Brut Réserve is the perfect champagne with which to enjoy both sporting occasions, blended from 30 still base wines from different vineyards, different vintages and the three main grape varieties which dominate the champagne region: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
On the nose, the champagne is dominated by white flowers, green apple, brioche and a trace of minerality. On the palate there are notes of stone fruits, certain nuttiness and a hint of honey supporting the freshness of the acidity. UK stock receives an additional 6 months post-disgorgement ageing so it is ready to drink upon release but cellaring for a few years will reveal greater depths. The aperitif champagne par excellence, but one which has sufficient backbone to be drunk with fish and even spicy dishes…or with a picnic watching all the eventing action!
Great Britain is, and always has been, the premier export market for Champagne Pol Roger, a tradition dating back to the 1860′s. Maison Pol Roger owns 91 hectares of vineyards on prime sites in the Vallee de la Marne, the Montagne de Reims and on the Cote des Blancs and is 55% self-sufficient in its grape requirements. The cellars run for 7km and are on three levels, the deepest known as the ‘cave de prise de mousse’ at 34m below street level. As the name suggests this is where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. The fact that this deep cellar is at 9°C or less, rather than a normal cellar temperature of 11-12°C, prolongs this fermentation and contributes to the quality and particular style of the wines and their famously fine bubbles.