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  • Producer ranking ?

    57
  • Decanting time

    20min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Oysters

"Quite deep gold with a tiny bead. Exuberant, complex nose - passion fruit? Hint of minerals. Broad and quite rich but this wine seems to have a lower dosage than some recent Pols. Pretty exciting stuff. Lots of effort seems to have gone into this. Vaguely salty finish. Tense and fun. - Jancis Robinson"

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The Story

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.

The 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 lly strode to victory at Kempton Park in 1953, Coronation Year.

 

THE “CUVÉE SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL” 
Champagne Pol Roger created their Prestige Cuvée in homage to Sir Winston Churchill mindful of the qualities that he sought in his champagne: robustness, a full-bodied character and relative maturity. The exact blend is a closely guarded family secret but it is undeniable that the composition would meet with the approval of the man to whom it is dedicated: “My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best”. Pinot Noir predominates, providing structure, breadth and robustness whilst Chardonnay contributes elegance, nesse and subtlety. Composed exclusively of grapes sourced from Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards which were already under vine during Churchill’s lifetime, “Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill” is only made in the very best vintages and is always released later than the other vintage dated Champagnes from Pol Roger, marking Churchill’s appreciation for older wines.

 

The first “Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill” was from the 1975 vintage and was released, in magnum only, in 1984, with the launch taking place at Blenheim Palace. There followed 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and now 2004. The latest vintage, 2004, is the fifteenth and is released only after 11 years cellaring. Produced in very small quantities, it is available in 75cl bottle and 1.5L magnum.

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Vintage 2006

Gorgeous vintage Champagne from Pol Roger which in 2006 is made up of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay. Aged for nine years prior to release in the deepest part of Pol's cellars, this is instantly appealing with its generous, round flavour and stylish structure.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium and Yellow

ending

Long, Gentle and Round

flavors

Bread, Apricot, Mineral, Citrus and White fruits

nose

Intense and Refined

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Concentrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, Round, Ripe, Refined and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Fine

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is yellow and medium. On the nose it is open, intense and refined. The taste is round, ripe, refined, and dry, and average in acidity, medium-bodied, with balanced, concentrated structure and developing. On the palate it is layered and has apricot, bread, citrus, mineral and white fruits flavours. The finish is long, round and gentle. This wine is sophisticated and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-5 years and decant at least 15min before tasting.
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Origin

Epernay, Champagne

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Pure

Reserve de Wermacht

Rich

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