This just in from Frederick Wildman and Sons, importers of fine wines and spirits, who report that a Champagne they import is being poured today for the reception honoring the wedding of new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Here is the message:
Champagne Pol Roger is delighted that their Brut Réserve Non Vintage, has been chosen to be served at the reception following the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton on 29th April 2011.
Patrice Noyelle, Président du Directoire, commented that, “It has been quite difficult to maintain secrecy since we were first advised by the Royal Household that magnums of our Brut Réserve would be served at the reception following the wedding. We are already privileged to hold a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and, as a small family company, it is an even bigger honour for one of our champagnes to be selected for this special occasion. ” Epernay, April 29th 2011 – 3,00 p.m.
In the October 31, 2010 issue of the Wine Spectator, the Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non-Vintage Champagne had a suggested retail price of $45. It might not be too hard to find–7,000 cases were imported into the U.S.
Wine Spectator gave it a score of 90 points out of 100.
In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that I sometimes receive wines from Frederick Wildman importers for the purposes of reviewing in my wine writing.