Grape Varietals: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Blend
Growing Region: Epernay, France
Chef de Cave:: Dominique Petit

The relationship between Champagne Pol Roger and Sir Winston Churchill dates back to a luncheon given by the British Ambassador to France after the liberation of Paris in 1944. At which was served the stunning 1928 vintage Pol Roger. Also attending was Odette Pol-Roger, with whom they had an instant rapport. A friendship of families which continued until Churchill’s death in 1965; and which is still as strong to this day.

 

This Prestige Cuvée is homage to 'Sir Winston Churchill'; mindful of the qualities he desired in his champagne: robust, full-bodied and with relative maturity. The exact blend is a closely guarded family secret - though Pinot Noir dominates, providing structure, breadth and a robust nature, while Chardonnay contributes elegance and finesse. Composed exclusively from ‘Grand Cru’ Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards which were under vine during Churchill’s lifetime. ‘Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill’ is only made in the very best vintages and always released later than the other vintage dated Pol Roger Champagnes.
The latest 2004 vintage is the 15th and was released after 11 years cellaring and produced in very small quantities. In 2004 the warm sunshine during the first three weeks of September encouraged exceptional development and the grapes were very healthy at the time of the harvest. The earliest parcels were picked on the 18th September with the last on the 2nd October in excellent conditions.
The must undergoes two ‘débourbages’ (settlings), one immediately after pressing and the second, a ‘débourbage à froid’, in stainless steel tanks at 6°C, over a 24-hour period. A slow cool fermentation takes place in stainless steel with each varietal and village parcel kept separate. The wine undergoes a full malolactic-fermentation prior to blending. Then the all-important secondary fermentation takes place in bottle at 9°C in the deepest Pol Roger cellars (33m below street level) where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) by hand, which is today a rarity in Champagne. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger is renowned owes much to their deep, cool cellars.
Pinot Noir predominates, providing structure, breadth and robustness whilst Chardonnay contributes elegance and finesse. This 2004 has all the understated poise that one has come to expect of this classic cuvée. A cascade of impeccably refined acidity showcases and undercurrent of minerality that flows deep and all the way to a length finish. On the palate, the wine has effortless grace and youthful vigour initially masked by its distinguished exterior.
As you pour into a generous flute - a deep golden-yellow colour will mesmerize, with a continuous thread of lingering perlage. An elegant nose delivers intense and complex aromas, dominated by enticing notes of toasted almond, honey and dried fruits. The wines palate is generous in preposition’s, boasting power, structure of note, yet balanced with a refreshing natural acidity and flavours of citrus and pip fruits. Like a philharmonic orchestra which the crowd does not want to end, neither does the wine - showing remarkable length, with creamy notes combined with rich stone fruits and ripe pear with a dusting of allspice.
This 2004 Cuvée ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ has a dosage of 8 g/l and 12% Alc. Chill gently and serve in a generous flute at 8-10°C. 

Power & refinement, from both the Champagne and whom it honours.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Rich and engaging ready to be enjoyed this season; and over the next 8-10 years. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with shellfish, grilled whole fish, roast chicken or turkey, lamb and pork cutlets with apple sauce, plus homemade Xmas cake - enjoy.