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17 Ratings
Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut

Wine Details

Vineyard

Pol Roger

Style

Sparkling

Region

ChampagneFrance

Wine Description

The wine displays a mid golden yellow colour and continuous stream of delicate bubbles. An elegant and powerful nose with toasted brioche over fresh quince, peach and apricot with an underlying oral character and high toned cinnamon spice with hints of lime leaf. A balanced palate with weight, power, a velvety texture and a long persistent pure acidity. With weight and complexity characteristic both of the terroir and vintage. A long aertaste with a light touch of citric acidity bringing together a wine of undeniable majesty. Already drinking well now and will continue to improve over the medium term.

The relationship between Champagne Pol Roger and Sir Winston Churchill dates back to a providential meeting at a luncheon given by the British Ambassador to France some months after the liberation of Paris at which was served the sumptuous 1928 vintage of Pol Roger. Attending the lunch was the beautiful Odette Pol-Roger as well as the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, with whom she struck up an instant rapport. A friendship was born which continued until Churchill’s death, creating links between the Pol-Roger and Churchill families which are still as strong to this day. e pressures of his post sadly prevented Churchill ever paying a visit to 44 Avenue de Champagne, the home of Champagne Pol Roger, but he nonetheless proclaimed it “the most drinkable address in the world”. As recompense for breaking his promise to visit he sent Odette a copy of his Memoirs inscribed “Cuvée de Réserve, mise en bouteille au Château de Chartwell”. He even named one of his racehorses “Pol Roger” and the filly strode to victory at Kempton Park in 1953, Coronation Year.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1988 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/99
  • Decanter
    (1988 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Soft, elegant flavours on the palate with good acidity. Well made.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1995 Vintage)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1995 Vintage) Smelling of an older cuvee than it registers on the label, this bottling is just loaded with baked biscuit yeast notes with glimmers of minerals, dusty earth and a slight burnt paper edge. It is rounded and frothy on the palate with great continuity in its bake shop, biscuity character, and the slight chalk edge in the finish is but a minor annoyance.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1995 Vintage) Medium straw, with a powerful mousse. Dense and earthy on the nose, with strong toasty and buttery tones layered on ripe apple and pear fruit. This is both very '95 in a positive sense and very Pol Roger. Fat and round in the mouth, with extravagant flavors of buttered toast, ripe orange and poached pear, complemented by subtle notes of cinnamon and mace. A lush, velvety Champagne that completely fills the mouth with flavor and creamy texture. This would go wonderfully with absolutely anything-or...