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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1996
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1996
(search item no. 89020)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $199.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
1998 The Wine News rating: 95 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine News rating: 98 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1993 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill was created as a tribute to the great man, as he was a close friend of the Pol-Roger family and long time consumer of the champagne. The Cuvée is consistently made in the style he preferred: robust, full-bodied, relatively mature and dominated by Pinot Noir which contributes firmness and backbone complemented by the ethereal elegance of Chardonnay. The Cuvée is composed of the only the finest grapes from the very best vineyards (and only those from within the Champagne area under vine in Sir Winstons day), chosen for declaration in only the best vintage years.

"Bright gold with a lively mousse Deep, pungent nose features powerful scents of minerals, saffron, pear, lilac, buttered apple, pear, white peach and marzipan. Broad and improbably concentrated, the pear and apple flavors packing a huge punch and complicated by buttery, leesy tones. As rich and supple as this is, it also boasts brilliant cut. Finishes with expansive, exotic spice and pear notes, and superb focus and length. This spent nine years on its lees. Already delicious but I'd opt for holding this one for another decade before popping the cork."
-IWC

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About Pol Roger:

Pol Roger is one of the few remaining family-owned grande marque Champagne houses. Their grande marque status was guaranteed at the turn of the century when about 20 producers banded together to establish exacting quality controls for Champagne. The annual production at Pol Roger - less than 120,000 cases - is found in the best restaurants of France, England, and the USA, and is exported to over 30 countries. Pol Roger also was the Champagne of choice of British dignitary Sir Winston Churchill, who once said of Champagne, "...In victory I deserve it, and in defeat I need it!".