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Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Vertical 75cl
|Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Vertical - 75cl||Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Vertical - 75cl||£1,700.00|
|Plus Tutoring & Glassware from TFB|
|Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Vertical - 75cl - Plus Tutoring & Glassware from TFB||Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Vertical - 75cl||£1,950.00|
Champagne Pol Roger has been producing exceptional champagne for over 165 years. To this day the house remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. Indeed, it is this quality which brought about Sir Winston Churchill's lifelong attachment to Pol Roger, who famously insisted "In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it".
Pol Roger's illustrious premises on Rue Winston Churchill house immaculate facilities; pristinely polished stainless steel tanks reflect shiny tiles and snow-white surfaces. Everything in the cellar is done by hand by a team of no more than 10 and Pol Roger boasts four of the remaining 15 riddlers still working in Champagne, each turning 50,000 - 60,000 bottles a day. An impressive 51% of overall production is provided by Pol Roger's 89 hectares of estate vines. With such a personal attention to detail and regime of excellence in the vineyard and winery, under the ownership of the same family since it's formation in 1849, Pol Roger's excellence is no surprise.
This is an opportunity to taste six vintages of Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill at your house or at a location of your choosing with an option to be tutored through the tasting. Nick our founder presents most of these tastings, however given enough time we will invite someone from Pol Roger UK to present the champagnes.
Sir Winston Churchill'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. A friendship began which, indulged by his wife Clementine, lasted until his death in 1965. Each year on his birthday, Odette would send Churchill a case of vintage champagne. So close was his relationship with the family that upon his death, Pol Roger put black-bordered labels on all of their bottles destined for the UK. In 1975, Pol Roger went one step further and named their prestige cuvée after him, producing it in the robust and 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 remainder being Chardonnay. The grapes are all from Grand Cru vineyards which were under vine during Churchill's lifetime.
Included in this collection:
2006: A vivid golden colour with the fine stream of bubbles classic to the Churchill style. A slightly held back nose but the flavours on the palate a full of hazelnuts and almonds with an abundance of fresh fruits, citrus and balanced acidity combine to create a well rounded champagne with a great length at the finish.
2004: A deep-golden yellow colour coupled with lingering bubbles. 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.
2002: An intense golden-yellow hue and a lively stream of bubbles. Aromas of freshly squeezed lime are reinforced on the palate, boasting the powerful and rich structure that Churchill so loved. Given its youth, this champagne still holds a lot in reserve but it has a masculine structure and phenomenal length. The only downside with this vintage from Pol Roger is that they selected much less than normal to go into this cuvée, so it's soon going to be a very scarce vintage.
2000: A mid-golden yellow colour, a continuous stream of delicate bubbles and an elegant powerful nose of peach and apricot. A balanced palate of fine lemon and grapefruit, this has has weight and complexity characteristic of both the terroir and the 2000 vintage. This is a cuvée that appreciates plenty of time in a large glass to unravel and will continue to improve over time.
1999 Magnum:The wine is a deep yellow gold, typical of most Churchill champagnes. On the nose an abundance of citrus and toasty notes leads to a palate full of expressive fruits with hints of honey. The bubbles are extremely fine and with a constant stream. The finish is long and lingering with such intense flavours.
1998:A rich golden colour, this 1998 has a delicate mousse of tiny bubbles accompanied by scents of hawthorn and hazelnut. In the mouth, it displays a fine balance between fresh acidity and full-bodied wine. Truly a champagne of incredible depth and flavours that linger long on the palate: now at 17 years old, Sir Winston Churchill 1998 is still incredibly young and the magnums even more so.
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 6 Vintage Experience includes four 75cl bottles & two magnums as described.
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Pol Roger History
Champagne Pol Roger has been producing exceptional Champagne for over 165 years. To this day the house remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. Indeed, it is this quality which initiated Sir Winston Churchill’s lifelong attachment to Champagne Pol Roger, who famously insisted: “In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it”.
The first sale of champagne was in January 1849 when family circumstances forced Pol Roger to set up a business; his father had contracted an incurable disease and could no longer carry on his practice. The customer was a merchant in Aÿ, the native village of Pol Roger. The firm developed rapidly, moving to Épernay from Aÿ in 1851.
In 1899 the founder died, by which point the brand had acquired enviable recognition for just a short fifty years of trading. However, disaster struck in February 1900 when part of the cellars and winery building collapsed, destroying over 500 casks and one and a half million bottles. Maurice and George, who had taken over from their father, had to work tirelessly to get the company back on track.
Maison Pol Roger now owns 91 hectares of vineyards on prime sites in the Vallée de la Marne, the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs and is 55% self-sufficient in its grape requirements. The cellars run for 7km underground and are on three levels, the deepest known as the ‘cave de prise de mousse’ at 34m below street level. As the name suggests, this is where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. The fact that this deep cellar is at a natural temperature of 9°C or less, rather than a normal cellar temperature of 11-12°C, prolongs this fermentation and contributes to the quality and particular style of the champagnes and their famously fine bubbles.
The Pol Roger range starts with a non-vintage Brut Réserve and the rest of the champagnes are vintage-dated: Brut Vintage, Brut Rosé and Blanc de Blancs, as well as their prestige cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.
Great Britain is, and always has been, the premier export market for Champagne Pol Roger, a tradition dating back to the 1860s. Even as early as 1855, Pol Roger was making Brut Champagne as he knew that Britain favoured this style of sparkling wine.
Sir Winston Churchill’s predilection for Pol Roger was sealed in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, when he met and formed a lasting friendship with the captivating Odette Pol-Roger, who encapsulated Churchill’s romantic vision of France. For the remainder of his lifetime, Pol Roger was to remain Sir Winston’s champagne of choice, supplied to wherever his engagements demanded from what he described as “the world’s most drinkable address”: 44 Avenue de Champagne, Épernay. The friendship between the Churchill and Pol Roger families endures to this day.
Created in tribute to Pol Roger’s most illustrious devotee, the prestige cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is appropriately composed of only the best grapes, from only the best vineyard sites to which Pol Roger have access and from only the best vintage years declared by the House. As Sir Winston himself once declared: “My tastes are simple. I am easily satisfied with the best!” The precise formula is a family secret, but invariably is true to the style that Sir Winston himself preferred: robust, full-flavoured and mature. We suspect Pinor Noir dominates most releases, with 20-30% Chardonnay completing the blend.