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The Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards with 50+ year old vines. This cuvee is only produced in the best vintages.
As Allen Meadows said in a recent review, "...the fruit is from grand cru vineyards that were under vine during the lifetime of Churchill and this is only made in the best vintages. I am not always knocked out by the quality of what I find with this prestige cuvee, but when it's right, it's really right. A glorious and superbly classy nose of remarkable complexity that is neither young nor aged slides gracefully into equally complex flavors that caress the palate and the aspect that makes this all the more appealing is the sappiness on the finish that confers a textured character to the mouth feel. If there is a nit, and I stress that it's only a nit, this is perhaps not quite as refined as the very best grands cuvees in Champagne but in a sense, this is like the old man himself - great but not necessarily a man of finesse. Whatever anthropomorphic descriptor you wish to invoke, this is a great example that could be drunk and enjoyed now or easily held for ano ther ten years..."
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...