On October 23, 2014 a bottle of Pol Roger champagne from the 1914 vintage was sold for GBP 5,640 at Bonhams auction house in London. Prior to the auction the bottle which laid undisturbed in the Pol Roger cellars for 100 years, was estimated at GBP3,000 – GBP4,000.

1914 is regarded as one of the finest vintages of the 20th century but the grape harvest that year very nearly didn’t take place, due to the war, and was Sir Winston Churchill’s favorite vintage.

Champagne was his favourite wine and he used to refer to Pol Roger as “the most drinkable adress in the world”.

According to Richard Harvey, Bonhams Global Head of Wine, Pol Roger has always done well when offered for sale at auction.

Such is the attraction of this famous marque that Bonhams has recently made Pol Roger its Champagne House for all events.

The proceeds of this last sale will be donated by to the Imperial War Museum to support the refurbishment of its First World War Galleries.