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Pol Roger is perhaps best known as Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne. The house remains family-owned and has a reputation for producing champagnes of finesse and elegance which age very well. Pol Roger Brut Rèserve Non-Vintage, made from equal parts of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, is consistently one of the very best on the market, largely due to the high proportion of aged reserve wines in the blend. Pol Roger vintage wines, made from at least 60% Pinot Noir and up to 40% Chardonnay, are soft and fruit-driven in youth but, after ten years or so, develop great complexity and finesse. The Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, launched in 1984 and made from a secret blend, is a Champagne of exquisite finesse and balance and one that rivals the very best of the region.
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Pol Roger Brut NV has a truly wide appeal and is perfect for lovers of exuberantly-styled Champagnes. Feminine and fruity in its youth, it takes on a fuller flavour with age. Made from 33% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir and 33% Pinot Meunier with the added reserve wines especially selected to achieve the requisite elegance, balance and harmony. It’s perfect for the cellar as well as current drinking, which is an excellent reason to buy more than one case!
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A facsimile of the Pol Roger Brut, with the same triptych of varietals in equal measures and sourced from the same vineyards, the Rich differs in that it has a residual sugar level of 34 g/l ( as opposed to 8-11 g/l) and is therefore an excellent match for puddings and the like. The delightful honied profile is perfectly matched by fine balanced acidity, which leaves the palate cleansed and satisfied in equal measure! (Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
Low or Zero Dosage Champagnes are very modish at the moment, but can be extremely difficult to get right, the region’s historical infatuation with sugar being as a result of climatic obligation rather than any whimsical pursuit of pleasure. So to make a wine with no sugar and to entitle it Pure,is courageous indeed. Pol Roger, it should come as no great surprise to learn, have risen to their own challenge, and have done so with considerable aplomb. The key seems to be to stick with the winning formula, in terms of grape varieties, namely a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, but to select from specific (perhaps warmer) vineyards and to age for a little longer thereby engendering a natural softening. Spicy, with notes of crushed apple, broiche and peach stones, this is a very successful wine, suitably cerebral, one must surmise, to accompany any lively debate over a plate of 12 (or even possibly) 18 Fine de Claire Oysters.
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Following the fabulous 2002 was never going to be an easy task but the team at Pol Roger have pulled it off with aplomb. Citrus, white flowers and brioche vie for attention on the nose. There is a fine, taut power on the palate, broader and more generous than recent vintages and full of gingerbread, ripe stone fruit and red apple, held together by a filigree thread of acidity. This is delicious now, but will reward a year or so in the cellar and drink well for at least a further decade. Reminiscent of the superb (and underrated), 1998. A must for all Champagne fans. Fergus Stewart, Private Account Manager Pol Roger is a Champagne house known for their stylish, elegant wines with fabulous age-ability. Tom Stevenson, arguably the world’s greatest Champagne critic, once said "If I were to choose just one house from which to source a vintage Champagne to lay down, there is no question that I would choose Pol Roger." The last two vintages, 2002 and 2004, are both exceptional years for Champagne. Similar to the twin vintages of 2009 and 2010 in Bordeaux, 2002 and 2004 Champagnes are of similar quality but of different styles. 2002 is focussed on structure, elegance and precision. 2004 is a vintage “on steroids”, boosted by sunshine, they are rich and concentrated, yet balanced by a backbone of acidity that will allow these to age for a long time. Chris Pollington, Private Account Manager The wine displays a very attractive pale straw colour. The nose is mineral and elegant with complex aromas of white flowers, quince and subtle brioche overtones. On the palate the wine is intense yet retains a sense of delicacy with balanced notes of stone fruit, acacia honey and citrus underpinned by a fine thread of acidity. Excellent freshness and persistence, with ample concentration and richness to develop over the next 3-7 years. Winemaker’s notes
Unquestionably Cuvee Winston Churchill. Rich, complex with hints of toasted almonds and that wonderful honey character that you always get with this remarkable wine. Perfectly balanced citrus acidity breaks down the full bodied, buttery biscuit palate leaving you with a smooth and elegant finish that just goes on and on. What a way to start the day, more please. Ben Upjohn – Fine Wine Sales Manager I always look forward to tasting the new release of Winston Churchill, it is the ultimate expression of what the Pol Roger House can achieve. The 2004 did not disappoint and was very much typical of the Pol style. The palate is packed full of citrus, stone fruit and fresh flowers then a roasted nut and toasted brioche hint on the finish. There is a lot of substance there but all the while very approachable and extremely refreshing. I was particularly impressed with how vibrant and truly drinkable this is already, but with so much potential for the future. This is really very good. Laura Godwin - Private Account Manager
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Cuve Sir Winston Churchill is only made in the finest vintage years and the just released 1996 shows all the hallmarks of this great vintage. It comes as a surprise to learn that there is nearly 80% Pinot Noir in this blend, such is its extreme elegance. A totally beguiling nose of hazelnuts precedes a gloriously textured mouth-feel. It is drinking superbly now, but given time it will only improve. A wonderful wine and a true classic.
It should come as no surprise that Pol Roger have delayed the release of their 2002 Vintage Champagne until 2012, in defiance of all commercial logic and the dictates of cash-flow. The reason is simple; 2002 is the best vintage in Champagne since 1990, a vintage which has not been equalled since and a vintage where the rewards of patience are and will continue to be very fine indeed. The wine was aged for nine years in Pol Roger’s famously deep cellars, kept at a constant 9 degrees, the perfect natural ambiance for gentle autolytic ageing and the nurturing of an exemplary equilibrium and a very fine and persistent mousse. And as with all great things, fools rush in and the winemakers at Pol Roger, needless to say, are far from foolish. Indeed Cellar master Dominique Petit, formerly of Krug, is regarded as one of the greatest winemakers in the region and he knew from the out-set that the wine would need an unusually long cellaring before release. This, to borrow a phrase from another friend of Pol Roger, is his finest hour, thus far… The blend is a traditional one of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; after the double-débourbage (cold-settling) the first fermentation is in stainless steel, kept relatively cool. A full malolactic fermentation ensues, followed by the second fermentation in bottle and then the lengthy slumber beneath Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. The bottles are hand – tuned by remueurs, the prestidigitatory efforts of whom ensure the completion of yeast autolysis and ensure a blameless richness and length on the palate. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer - June 2013
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