When Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 was launched in February 2017, the house confidently declared it one of their “greatest ever years”. It didn’t take long for the critics to agree. Jancis Robinson MW awarded it an 18/20 – her highest score for a vintage Pol since Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2002 – commenting: “Really quite broad and ripe on the nose … very dramatic! Admirably long. Really exciting. Is this a worthy successor to the 2002?”
At the time, we pondered what their success with the vintage could mean for the prestige cuvée release – Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2008 – and now it seems we might be close to an answer: Sir Winston Churchill 2008 will be released in Autumn 2018.
As more and more 2008s emerge on the market, the vintage’s already-legendary status is being further solidified. Our only hint from Pol regarding their expectations for Churchill 2008 came from Paul Graham, Director of Business Development, who told The Drinks Business last year: “Our Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2008 is the best vintage since 1988 and the most investible Churchill we’ve ever made.”
Sir Winston Churchill was a close friend of the Pol Roger family, prompting the house to name their prestige cuvée after him. Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2008 will be the 17th release of the prestige cuvée since the inaugural 1975 vintage.
Although the UK is by far the biggest market for Pol Roger’s prestige cuvée, Sir Winston Churchill 2008 is likely to be in very high demand. As always, we will have more details here upon release.