Champagne Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill w/Gift Box 1998 / 2002 / 2004

FRS00079

Vintage

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, finesse and subtlety. Composed exclusively of grapes sourced from Grands Crus 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.

Country of origin:
France

Volume:
750ml / 1500ml

Grape Varieties:
Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes:

(1998)
A colour of brilliant critrine yellow infused with deeper gold, crowned by a delicate mousse of tiny bubbles, suggests both youth and concentration. The bouquet develops in progressive stages, opening with notes of the forest floor and leafy scents of moss and field mushrooms. As the wine warms slightly in the glass, the nose reveals fresher, acidic notes of citrus fruits and mint. And then a further range of scents: suave, vegetal notes of acacia, hawthorn, noisette and hazelnut. A champagne evocative of autumn!

In the mouth, a fine balance is established between a fresh acidity and the assertive young tannins which provide the "body" of the wine. This balance underscores a palate which is at once robust and fine. The structure is compact and muscular: the mouthfeel solid but in no way clumsy or overweight. These impressions are reinforced by an elegant length on the finish, reminiscent of the lingering complexity of a classic red wine. A champagne like a rich fabric in which to enfold the most sumptuous cuisine.

(2002)
The wine displays an intense golden-yellow hue and a lively stream of defined bubbles. 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. 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.

(2004)
The wine is a deep golden-yellow colour with a continuous thread of lingering bubbles.

The elegant nose delivers intense and complex aromas, dominated by enticing notes of dried fruit, toasted almond and honey.

On the palate the wine is full bodied, boasting a powerful, rich structure, yet balanced with a refreshing acidity and flavourful notes of citrus fruit.

The finish shows a remarkable length, with creamy notes of butter combined with rich fruitiness of Mirabelle plum and tart, ripe pear.




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