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Pol Roger ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ 2006

"In success you deserve it .. In defeat you need it" Sir Winston Churchill

Pol Roger’s prestige Cuvée. Always complex, rich, showing beautiful development from the extra time in bottle, spending almost 10 years on lees. This is a Champagne to pour in a big glass, let it warm a little and enjoy! The richness from the Pinot has a counterpoint in the poised acidity and linear Chardonnay. Truly a great celebration wine, though don’t celebrate with too many people!

“Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” Sir Winston Churchill

$340.00 $285.00

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

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 immediately 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 separate. 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.

Tasting Note from the Winery

The wine displays a gorgeous white gold colour enhanced by a continuous thread of tiny bubbles announcing a lively effervescence. The delicate nose exudes scents of butter and brioche. Flavours of almonds and hazelnuts mingle with refined fragrances of yellow fruits dominated by the freshness of citrus fruits (tangerines). Then the wine opens up with savours of nougat and pistachio nuts. On the palate, the attack is fresh and reveals a perfect balance between acidity and suppleness. The aromas are reminiscent of the sweetness of cooked fruits associated with hints of almonds, dried fruits and quinces. As the wine warms in the glass, it turns more rounded. Its silky texture is supported by a stunning length.

Riddling

The images below, courtesy of Pol Roger, from left to right. 1. A bottle ready to be riddled, you can see the yeast on the side of the bottle. The bottle is ‘Sur Lie’ on yeast lees. 2. A riddler at work, he’ll turn 30,000 bottles a day 1/4 turn for 30 days, slowly lifting the bottles to a vertical position upside down. 3. The end result: all of the yeast lees are in the very neck of the bottle ready to be removed in the process of disgorging. The bottle is now ‘Sur Point’ on point.

97 Points

The blend of Sir Winston Churchill is a closely guarded secret. I ask d’Harcourt every time we taste a new vintage. ‘I have not been drunk enough yet to tell you!’ he replies. I’ll keep working on it.

Elusive details aside, Sir Winston steps up with a characterful presence in the powerful 2006 season, with pinot noir commanding a confident lead in spicy fig, mirabelle plum and red apple fruit, intricately toned by the bright lemon, grapefruit and crunchy pear of chardonnay. With time in the glass, a gorgeous presence of red cherry fruit rises and sweeps in a captivating display of youthful fruit integrity. Time moves slowly in Pol Roger’s deep, cold cellars, and the tell-tale signs of maturity in nutmeg and almond are but fleeting glimpses, its age declared more dramatically in gorgeously seamless and silky texture. The signature, salty chalk minerality of the greatest crus of the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims lays out a finish of outstanding line and enduring length, with a bright acid line that defines the finesse of the house and promises medium-term potential. A highlight of the season.

Tyson Stelzer

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Rue Winston Churchill 1, 51200 Épernay, France