The whole country has been abuzz with Royal Wedding fever over the last week. Plenty of street parties and wedding viewing parties up and down the country would have seen lots of wine, Prosecco and Champagne being quaffed in honour of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Whether you’re a Royalist or a Republican, or somewhere in between, it’s been a time for celebration and enjoyment. We’ve seen details of the bride’s dress (£200,000 custom made Givenchy), the ceremony itself and we know the contents of the goody bags given out to the lucky people invited. But what we really want to know is, which wines did they drink at the reception?
Pol Roger Champagne
On the day itself, the Palace confirmed one of the wines being served at the reception of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was Pol Roger Champagne. Steeped in British history and already with a Royal Warrant, Pol Roger was the Champagne of choice for Sir Winston Churchill. After his death in 1965, the producer added a black border around the labels of the bottles of Brut NV destined for the UK.
Pol Roger Brut Vintage is usually a blend of 60% Pinot noir and 40% Chardonnay, although this can vary. The wine at the reception at Windsor Castle was a non-vintage version, Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV. It’s a blend of 30 base wines going across three vintages and is available for between £40 and £45 per bottle.
It’s the same champagne that was served at the last Royal Wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seven years ago, so is clearly a Royal favourite. While we’d love to know the other wines served at the wedding, unfortunately this has remained a tightly held secret.
Speculation has included the chance of a Californian wine, as the Duchess of Sussex is known to like wines from various producers in her home state in the United States. It’s was also touted that an English sparkling wine might make the cut. Chapel Down was served at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, and Camel Valley from Cornwall has just been awarded a Royal Warrant, so perhaps either one of those were served to lucky guests.
Another wine that could have been included is the Great Windsor Park sparkling, which is known as the ‘Queen’s English Wine’ as it’s actually made on the Windsor Park estate, very near to the celebrations.
Meghan Markle has also gone on record as liking the ‘Super Tuscan’ wine Tignanello, produced by Antinori. Whichever wines were served at the 600-guest reception in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, we know that beer pong was also on the menu for the American guests!