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A Special Offer of The Spectator’s ‘house fizz’ – Champagne Pol Roger NV & Rich Demi-Sec

Pol Roger is The Spectator's house champagne. There are many more bottles of Pol in the office fridge than there are cartons of milk and no celebration, commiseration, moment of import or post-press day longueur passes without a bottle or so being broached. And as for the fabled Spectator summer parties, well, they are veritable fizz-soaked Pol-fests.

Beloved of Sir Winston Churchill (he even named his racehorse Pol Roger and once described Pol’s HQ in the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay as ‘the world’s most drinkable address’), Pol Roger is a spectacularly fine champagne and we are delighted to offer a selection of bottles here to our readers.

The Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV (£37.90 down from £42.99), known to its many aficionados as ‘White Foil’, is perfectly judged. Blended from 30 or more base wines drawn from different vineyards and different vintages (Pol being famous for the high percentage of reserve wines it uses), it’s a neat one third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. With plenty of bottle age (UK stocks get an extra six months over and above the regular minimum three years) the wine is full of nuts, apple, brioche and honeysuckle enlivened by a touch of citrus and blessed with a deliciously fine and creamy mousse. Good grief it’s good!

The Pol Roger Rich Demi-Sec NV (£37.90 down from £39.99), is a complete and utter delight and if you’ve yet to discover it you’re in for tongue-tinglingly tasty treat. It’s the exact same blend as the Brut NV but instead of a dosage of eight grams of sugar per litre, it boasts one of 34. It’s lusciously, gloriously sweet, yet invigorating and refreshing too. It makes an ideal 11 a.m. kick-starter. It’s also a perfect palate cleanser at the end of a meal or partner to rich starters of smoked fish or pâté de foie or cheeses or puddings such as Eton Mess or crème brûlée. I absolutely adore it.

The wines are offered by the half dozen with free delivery for 12 bottles or more within UK mainland. Delivery of six bottles will be charged at £15 inc VAT. The Brut NV is also available in handsome magnums (£84.45 each), the ideal size for post-lockdown parties or simply as a treat for oneself. After all, as Sir Winston famously observed, ‘a magnum is the ideal size for two gentlemen to share over lunch, especially if one of them isn’t drinking.’

Jonathan Ray 

Spectator drinks editor 

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