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News: Historic Churchill magnums up for auction

By Amber Rolt on 10/06/14 9:59 AM

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News: Historic Churchill magnums up for auction

By Amber Rolt on 10/06/14 9:59 AM

Two magnums of a very rare 1986 Pol Roger Cuvée, a limited edition which pays homage to Winston Churchill, will be up for auction in London next week.

After Churchill’s death in 1965, his favourite champagne Pol Roger paid tribute to his passing by adding a black border and white foil to all bottles of Pol Roger Brut Réserve which were sold in the UK. This is now a permanent feature of the house’s prestige curvée range.

There are two of these original magnums up for grabs, and will be sold at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Fine Wine auction on Wednesday 18 June in London’s Mayfair. It is predicted that they could reach up to £800.

The auction will also see two bottles of Champagne Pol Roger Extra Dry 1952 from the estate of the late Jazz musician Humphrey Lyttleton go under the hammer. This is in name of a good cause, and is to raise funds for the Humph Trust which supports young jazz musicians build their careers.

Churchill once used Napoleon’s mantra when speaking of champagne, and no doubt the highest bidder will agree:

“I could not live without Champagne – in victory I deserve it, in defeat I need it”.

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You can find out more information about the auction here.

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