Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Brut Vintage Gift Box 2008
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Brut Vintage 2008
Grape varieties, 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.
Unlike some Champagne houses who rattle out the vintages one to the next, Pol have the strength of mind and the integrity to hang on to theirs until they are really sure that it is at the perfect point to release, allowing for early drinking for the impatient, but always with the class and depth needed for longer-term ageing.
Champagne Pol Roger created their Prestige Cuvee in homage to Sir Winston Churchill mindful of the qualities that he sought in his champagne, robustness, a full-bodied character and relative maturity. Pinot Noir predominates, providing structure, breadth and robustness whilst Chardonnay contributes elegance, finesse and subtlety. Composed exclusively of grapes sourced from Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards which were already under vine during Churchill’s lifetime, “Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill” is only made in the very best vintages and is always released later than the other vintage dated Champagnes from Pol Roger, marking Churchill’s appreciation for older wines.
This Champagne is intense and has great impact, but is not overblown at all. A lovely lick of sparky acidity keeps the elegance and delicacy in place. There is a super balance here between the honeyed brioche notes of baking dough and the brighter zippier citrus and floral overtones. This is immediately a joy to drink, but tucked away for 4 to 5 years and this will repay the patient.