What do you and Churchill have in common?

Churchill-champagne-Pol-RogerIf you’re an oenophile, you might find that you have more in common than you think with the late Prime Minister…

What with the release of Joe Wright’s latest film Darkest Hour (a must see!), we thought we’d spare a moment to reflect upon that true love of Sir Winston Churchill: no, not Mrs Churchill, but rather Champagne.

In our favourite scene of the film, Churchill is asked what he is going to do now that he has been elected. His response?  “Drink a glass of Pol Roger”. Quite right too Prime Minister!

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There are other instances too where Churchill’s love of Champagne is depicted in this film and you can be sure that the iconic Champagne house Pol Roger gets many a mention. The family celebrate Churchill’s election win with a bottle of Pol and, in a rather amusing scene, Churchill can be seen drinking it again at breakfast in front of a rather taken aback King George VI.

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Indeed, there is a reason why Pol Roger features so heavily in this film: Churchill’s love of Champagne was well known and he was especially partial to Pol Roger, once describing this Champagne house as the most delectable address in the world! Churchill even went so far as to name one of his race horses Pol Roger. During the Second World War, Churchill had the pleasure of meeting Odette Pol Roger and the two of them formed quite a relationship (which Mrs Churchill indulged).  In 1975, the Champagne house commemorated the 10 year anniversary of Churchill’s death by naming a special cuvée after the man himself: the famous Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill cuvée is made in the style of his favourite 1928 vintage.

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