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Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1999 Champagne

More vintages: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004Churchill's relationship with Pol Roger dates back to 1945 when, during a luncheon given by the British ambassador to France after the liberation of Paris, Churchill met the charming and captivating Odette Pol-Roger and began a friendship, indulged by his wife Clementine, which lasted until Sir Winston's death in 1965. Each year on his birthday, Odette would send him a case of vintage champagne. So close was his relationship with the family that, on Churchill's death, Pol Roger put black-bordered labels on the bottles destined for the UK. In 1975, Pol Roger went one step further and named their prestige cuvée after him, making it in the robust, mature style that he liked so much.

The exact composition of this cuvée is a family secret but it is likely that Pinot Noir dominates 70-80% of the blend with the rest being Chardonnay. The grapes are all from Grand Cru vineyards which were under vine during Churchill's lifetime. 1999 began with hailstorms but a very hot and prolonged summer was set to produce an exceptional vintage, heavy rainfall in the second week of September slightly diluted the fruits but the maturity already gained through the summer shines through. Second fermentation takes place in the coolest Pol Roger cellars some 33 metres below ground level where it's 9°C, some 2-3°C below the temperature of other Champagne cellars. The cooler cellars slow down the bottle fermentation which ultimately produces a Champagne with finer bubbles for which Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is renowned.

Pinot Noir excelled in 1999 and therefore provides the backbone and structure for this potentially long lived wine. This is the first “Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill” made by the current wine-making team in this the 150th year of Champagne Pol Roger and is a wine worthy both of the Pol Roger heritage and its most famous adherent.

The wine is a deep yellow gold, classic of most Churchill champagnes, on the nose an abundance of citrus and toasty notes leads to a palate full of expressive fruits and hints of honey and floral notes. The bubbles are extremely fine and with a constant stream, the finish is long and lingering with such intense flavours.

Grape Varieties: Family secret, likely 70-80% Pinot Noir, 20-30% Chardonnay
Dosage: 8 g/L

Performed well in our Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Vertical Champagne Tasting: Read the full write-up from June 2016.

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Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill
Jun 2016
“Magnum. From a Farr Vintners private client. Tasted blind. Mid gold. Not a great deal of mousse. Cedary complex yeast aromas. Lightly honeyed but so fresh with lemon and orange citrus on the palate. Gentle mousse and relatively soft on the palate, plenty of red fruit and just a hint of tannin. Subtle and gentle with some bruised apple and gingerbread maturity. Really persistent with that Pinot fruit. Deep and long and spiced as it opens up. My guess: 1998 magnum. Julia Harding MW”
Bought directly from Pol Roger, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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