Sir Winston Churchill is most well-known as the man that led the Allied Forces to victory during WWII. He was also a notorious lover of alcohol, particularly champagne.
Of all champagnes, Churchill’s loyalty went to one brand – Pol Roger. His love of the “White Foil” Brut Reserve meant it soon became his daily tipple. This didn’t go unnoticed by the champagne house and a new label joined the Pol Roger portfolio in his honour. Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill saw its release in 1984, taking the place of the PR Reserve Speciale.” Pinot Noir dominated, the maiden release showcased the 1972 vintage. The precise recipe remains a well-guarded secret, known only by those who need to know.
Released only in deserving vintages, the 2004 vintage of the Prestige Cuvée is here. The initial reception by critics around the world has been positive. From Decanter Magazine:
“Sir Winston is looking particularly dignified and refined in 2004, with a surprisingly primary, youthful air, yet all the understated poise that one can expect of this classic cuvée. A cascade of impeccably refined acidity swirls into a river of minerality that flows deep and swift all the way to the distant horizon. Effortless grace and youthful vigour lurk under that distinguished exterior.”
“Dense grilled nuts nose, backward and youthful, and shows aromatic depth at the expense of immediate charm. The palate is rich, broad, and weighty, very concentrated, achieving a majestic style that’s biscuity and powerful. Although accessible now it will certainly improve with more bottle age that will allow the flavours to unfurl. Long.” – Stephen Brook
Decanter has awarded the latest vintage a staggering 98 points. This should be one of the stand-out wines of 2016 (and beyond).
[Read more from the Decanter.com article HERE]