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Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2004 Champagne

More vintages: 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002Churchill'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. The first days of 2004 began under the snow and in the cold, the spring remained mild but dry throughout. August was wet and cool, which affected the maturation of the grapes, however, warmth and sunshine prevailed throughout September and this proved to encourage exceptional development of the grapes. Parcels started to be picked on 18th September when the grapes were extremely healthy and sunshine was prevalent throughout the rest of this record harvest which finished on the 2nd October.

The wine displays a deep-golden yellow colour coupled with lingering bubbles. Its intense and complex aromas on the nose are full of dried fruit, toasted almond and honey. A sensational palate of full-bodied structure, well balanced with refreshing acidity of peach, nectarines, plum and citrus fruits. The length on the finish is excellent, with added taste of pear lingering long after. "My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best." - Sir Winston Churchill

We tasted the 2004 alongside the 2002; the 2002 has slightly more fruit intensity, but all in all the new release stood up well to such an excellent predecessor. It has very forward fruit and incredible length and refreshing acidity.

Grape Varieties: Family secret, likely 70-80% Pinot Noir, 20-30% Chardonnay
Dosage: 9g/L
Disgorged (bottle): January 2015
Disgorged (magnum): February 2015

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

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Aug 2016
“The flagship 2004 Brut Sir Winston Churchill is creamy, ample and highly expressive, but it is also a bit more forward than I expected for the vintage. Apricot jam, honey, spice, smoke, brioche and lovely hints of toastiness all add to the wine's considerable appeal, while there is no shortage of density or volume. All that said, the wine's balance is not as fine as I had hoped it would be. Perhaps a bit more time in bottle will do the trick. To be sure, the 2004 Churchill is more advanced than most other tête de cuvées in this vintage.”
Wine Spectator,
Dec 2015
“Refined and lacy, this vibrant Champagne shows rich mineral character and ripe flavors of baked plum, spun honey, brioche and lemon curd, set in an elegant, finely meshed framework. Drink now through 2029. ”
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“Strong, creamy and toasty nose with prominent Pinot power. Ripe fruit profile with an oxidative touch and plenty of robustness and vinosity. Surprisingly mature already lacking firmess and spine. Rich oily smooth palate and long, concentrated finish.”
Wine Enthusiast,
Dec 2015
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“Following on from the great 2002 vintage of this wine, the 2004 is equally memorable. It is a magnificent wine, structured and beautifully balanced between the ripe white fruits and the tight texture that will allow it to age many years. While drinkable now, it is still young at 11 years, still with great potential. Drink now, until 2024, and probably beyond.”
Nov 2015
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“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 biscuitty and powerful. Although accessible now it will certainly improve with more bottle age that will allow the flavours to unfurl. Long.”
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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