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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 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is the ultimate expression of Pol Roger; produced only in years considered appropriate for this label (only 13 up to 2000 included), is also the only champagne which assemblage is maintained strictly secret. We only know that it is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and so as to "satisfy Sir Winston." And to do so, Pol Roger tried to replicate the style of three Millésime historical of the house - particularly loved by Churchill - 1928, 1934, and 1947. In addition, for the birth of the Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Grand Cru chose vineyards prior to the years '30, the most valuable. It is therefore a champagne very complex, as well as "robust, full and quite ripe." The second fermentation takes place in small stainless steel vats with controlled temperature with a smooth running of the malolactic fermentation, while, after bottling, aging on the lees lasts for no less than 10 years. Rémuage and habillage are strictly manual. LOCATION OF THE VINEYARD: France GRAPE VARIETY: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir ALCOHOL: 12% AROMA: Upon initial impression, the nose reveals aromas of freshly squeezed lime and some autolytic development. As the wine evolves, complex aromas of lightly toasted brioche coupled with raisins and candied fruit become apparent. TASTE: The enticing aromas expressed on the nose are reinforced on the palate; boasting a powerful, rich structure, yet well-balanced with intensely flavourful notes of honey and citrus, lending a refreshing acidity. The finish shows a remarkable length, typical of the 2002 wines, as well as being both rich and full-bodied.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    "An intense golden-yellow color dresses the Pol Roger prestige cuvée 2004 Sir Winston Churchill, which opens with a clear, deep, dense, ripe, fresh, pure and elegant bouquet of matured apples, apricots and lemon flavors along with exciting spicy flavors. Although this Brut is already more than 11-years-old, it is dew-fresh and still developing--slowly. This Champagne is highly complex and well structured on the palate, with grapefruit flavors; it is a full-bodied and intense, yet very firm, persistent, fresh and very elegant assemblage of unnamed Grand Cru Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. It reveals a very long and complex, powerful but stimulating finish, and obviously, an eternal youth. The finish is powerful and stringent, and reveals a great, great aging potential. The wine is somewhat restrained and too compact at the moment though, and should benefit from a longer bottle aging." -Stephan Reinhardt
  • James Suckling
    "This has trademark richness, power and complexity with a layer of spiced grilled hazelnuts and brown-mushroom aromas set across lemon, grapefruit and dried-red fruits. The palate has a full, pastry-like texture showing bold flavors and an assertively fleshy cherry and peach core. The tannins are smooth and ripe, carrying the finish long. This is framed up for further enrichment. Plenty to offer now but best from 2020 and a decade after that still."
  • Wine Enthusiast
    "Following on from the great 2002 vintage of this wine, the 2004 is equally memorable. It is a magnificent wine, structured and beautifully balanced between the ripe white fruits and the tight texture that will allow it to age many years. While drinkable now, it is still young at 11 years, still with great potential. Drink now, until 2024, and probably beyond."