Champagne Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill (single box)
Unit oc 0.75ltx1
Price unit 225.00€
Type Sparkling Vintage 2004 Region Champagne Producer Pol Roger Wine Advocate 95 Wine Spectator 94 Available: 2
Vinifera Score 96/100
Grape Blend: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is among the great champagnes that have helped to create the myth of this exceptional wine.
Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill should not be considered a historical champagne; indeed, among the cuvée de prestige it is the youngest. In fact, it was born only with the 1975 vintage, 10 years after the death of the great statesman, and it was launched in 1984 at Blenheim Palace (where Churchill was born) on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. Initially, the champagne was only taken in magnum and it wanted to be a tribute to this great man, very close to the Epernay house because of his passion for his champagne.
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.
The must undergoes two débourbages (settlings), one at the press house immediatly after pressing and the second, a débourbage à froid, in stainless steel tanks at 6°C over a 24 hour period. A slow cool fermentation with the temperature kept under 18°C takes place in stainless steel with each variety and each village kept seperate. The wine undergoes a full malolactic-fermentation prior to final blending. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle at 9°C in the deepest Pol Roger cellars (33 metres below street level) where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) by hand, a rarity in Champagne nowadays. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger is renowned owes much to these deep, cool and damp cellars.
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.
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 developingslowly. 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. - Wine Advocate
Among the great Champagne's maisons, Pol Roger remained the only family-run and independent business still owned by the founder's family, along with Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger and Louis Roederer.
The high reputation of the famous Epernay's house is totally deserved, given the range of Champagne every year at the top of the denomination.
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