Pol Roger, Sir Winston Churchill 2009Beautiful aromas of red apple, tangerines, sweet spices and brioche follow through to a full, dense palate. It is showing bold flavours of dried-red fruits, quince and almonds achieving a majestic style combining power and creamy texture. What is the most striking about the wine is the fantastic contrast between opulence and freshness thanks to a refined acidity running through the palate and a fantastic mineral finish. Plenty to offer now but it will gain a lot from long term aging. Truly superb!
The wine has an inviting, bright golden hue, and a fine, regular stream of bubbles.
At first the refined nose exudes subtle hints of brioche and sweet spice combining with citrus flavours and floral fragrances.
As the wine warms in the glass, it becomes more powerful and the nose develops complex nuances of toasted nuts, acacia blossom and honeycomb.
The palate is round and creamy supported by notes of fresh fruit.
The structure is opulent, underpinned by fabulous balance. The finish is long and powerful.
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.