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'A highlight of the season.'
97 Points - Tyson Stelzer
Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is one of the sparkling treasures of Champagne. The blend, as ever, remains a secret, as does the volume produced. But what we do know is that Pol Roger make this tribute cuvée only when the wine is exactly as they know Sir Winston Churchill would have enjoyed. He once declared: “My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best.”
The 2006 is the sixteenth release of this cuvée, following on from the 2002 and 2004 where demand quickly outstripped supply. It is a superlative example of its vintage: the fruit is luxurious in its richness, so characteristic of the supple expressiveness resulting from the vintage’s warm September, all enrobed in decadent autolytic complexity. It is quite irresistibly drinkable, with superb length.
The wine displays a gorgeous white gold colour enhanced by a continuous thread of tiny bubbles announcing a lively effervescence. The delicate nose exudes scents of butter and brioche. Flavours of almonds and hazelnuts mingle with refined fragrances of yellow fruits dominated by the freshness of citrus fruits (tangerines). Then the wine opens up with savours of nougat and pistachio nuts. On the palate, the attack is fresh and reveals a perfect balance between acidity and suppleness.
'The blend of Sir Winston Churchill is a closely guarded secret. I ask d’Harcourt every time we taste a new vintage. ‘I have not been drunk enough yet to tell you!’ he replies. I’ll keep working on it. Elusive details aside, Sir Winston steps up with a characterful presence in the powerful 2006 season, with Pinot Noir commanding a confident lead in spicy fig, mirabelle plum and red apple fruit, intricately toned by the bright lemon, grapefruit and crunchy pear of chardonnay. With time in the glass, a gorgeous presence of red cherry fruit rises and sweeps in a captivating display of youthful fruit integrity. Time moves slowly in Pol Roger’s deep, cold cellars, and the tell-tale signs of maturity in nutmeg and almond are but fleeting glimpses, its age declared more dramatically in gorgeously seamless and silky texture. The signature, salty chalk minerality of the greatest Crus of the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims lays out a finish of outstanding line and enduring length, with a bright acid line that defines the finesse of the house and promises medium-term potential. A highlight of the season.'
97 Points - Tyson Stelzer
'Deep with impressively lively and tiny bead. Very intense with a fresh mint note. Round and magnificent. Excellent freshness. Impossible to spit. Beautiful balance. Satin-textured. Not as cigar-fumed as some vintages!'
18.5 / 20 Points - Jancis Robinson MW
Champagne$299.99 RRP: $329.99