Celebrating Churchill’s Champagne – July 2014

Thursday 31st of July 2014 7:30pm

“I could not live without Champagne —
in victory I deserve it, in defeat I need it.”
—Sir Winston Churchill

Our next event is a celebration of Pol Roger, the favourite champagne of Britain’s wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, whose name appears on the labels of the some of finest champagne in the world.

Pol Roger had been Churchill’s favourite champagne from the 1920s and so when he attended a lunch at the then recently re-opened British Embassy in Paris, in November 1944, Duff Cooper (the ambassador) — who knew Churchill enjoyed the company of beautiful women — seated Odette Pol-Roger next to him.

A close friendship started almost immediately, which lasted until Churchill’s death in 1965. Such a fervent admirer was Churchill of both Odette and her champagne that he named one of his race horses Pol Roger. She returned the compliment in 1984 by naming her house’s new prestige champagne: Cuvée Winston Churchill.

We think that this meeting of two icons of the 20th century will make for a truly memorable evening and we recommend early booking for what we anticipate will be another very popular event.

Menu

Pol Roger Brut Reserve White Foil
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Amuse Bouche
Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill 2000
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Salmon & sea bass cheviche with lime, avocado  & black ink caviar
Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill 2002
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Oven roasted Veal Fillet, Stuffed Courgette flower with lardo, Pistachio & Coffee sauce
Pol Roger Rose Cuvée 2004
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Banana parfait, chilli, chocolate & rum Jelly
Pol Roger Rich