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Professional Ratings: 97 Connoisseurs' Guide, 94 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Vintage Sparkling Wine
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 89513
The Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill was created as a tribute to the great man, as he was a close friend of the Pol-Roger family and long time consumer of the champagne. The Cuvée is consistently made in the style he preferred: robust, full-bodied, relatively mature and dominated by Pinot Noir which contributes firmness and backbone complemented by the ethereal elegance of Chardonnay. The Cuvée is composed of the only the finest grapes from the very best vineyards (and only those from within the Champagne area under vine in Sir Winstons day), chosen for declaration in only the best vintage years.
Churchill loved Pol Roger Champagne so much he named a race horse after it. When he died, Pol Roger named its tete de cuvee after him. Among the rich and deep, Pinot Noir-based leaders in this tasting, the Cuvee Sir Winnie has always been the one that finds the best balance of boldness and control at the same time. Its toasty, nutty, soy and chalk first aromas are met by smells of brioche and roasted lemons, and its mousse follows with both power and pinpoint insistence. It eschews the fruitier styles of Dom Perignon and Perrier-Jouet yet has more mannerly lines than the pushy Bollinger and Krug. It is, quite simply, our favorite among a very exciting group of wines.
Rich gold hue with tiny bubbles. Very complex bouquet of white flowers, acacia honey, haunting spice nuances and a bit of dried citrus peel. Exceptional balance with a wonderful contrast between crisp citrus notes, warm apple fruit and Christmas spice. A powerful, elegant wine that is, above all, luscious.
The 1998 Brut Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill opens with intriguing, exotic notes of smoke, cured meats and tar. This is a big, sweeping Sir Winston Churchill endowed with layers of perfumed ripe pears, quince, flowers and spices in a style that balances a generous expression of fruit with acidity and minerality. Everything is in the right place in this delicate yet deeply satisfying Champagne. This bottle was disgorged at the beginning of 2007. Winston Churchill is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with Pinot playing the leading role. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023.
Light gold. Intensely aromatic nose offers a complex bouquet of smoky orchard and pit fruit aromas, along with exotic orange zest and white pepper. Deep and chewy, displaying impressively concentrated but brisk pear and bitter citrus pith flavors and an undercurrent of buttery brioche and lees. Finishes with palate-staining persistence and a subtle anise quality. As usual, a stunner.
A bracing version, with loads of energy driving its apple, grapefruit and pastry flavors. Mineral and ginger notes enter the mix as this glides to a long finish. Drink now through 2022. 250 cases imported.