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1998 Pol Roger - Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 750ml
1998 Pol Roger - Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill
France - Champagne
White / Champagne Blend
1998 Pol Roger - Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill
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Professional Reviews

BH
96

Burghound Author: Allen Meadows Issue: Issue 36

(SRP $220, grape type, "100% proprietary secret;" this Cuvée was created in homage to Sir Winston Churchill to embody the qualities he preferred in his Champagne: robustness, a full bodied character and relative maturity; the fruit is from grand cru vineyards that were under vine during the lifetime of Churchill and this is only made in the best vintages) I am not always knocked out by the quality of what I find with this prestige cuvée, but when it's right, it's really right. A glorious and superbly classy nose of remarkable complexity that is neither young nor aged slides gracefully into equally complex flavors that caress the palate and the aspect that makes this all the more appealing is the sappiness on the finish that confers a textured character to the mouth feel. If there is a nit, and I stress that it's only a nit, this is perhaps not quite as refined as the very best grands cuvées in Champagne but in a sense, this is like the old man himself - great but not necessarily a man of finesse. Whatever anthropomorphic descriptor you wish to invoke, this is a great example that could be drunk and enjoyed now or easily held for another ten years.

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IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 135

($215) Light gold. Intensely aromatic nose offers a complex bouquet of smoky orchard and pit fruit aromas, along with exotic orange zest and white pepper. Deep and chewy, displaying impressively concentrated but brisk pear and bitter citrus pith flavors and an undercurrent of buttery brioche and lees. Finishes with palate-staining persistence and a subtle anise quality. As usual, a stunner. (Frederick Wildman and Sons, New York, NY)

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JR
19

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Fine top note of refreshment and then great depth underneath. Very tight fine bead. Dry end. Great breadth. Herrumph of a broad Churchill chest. Bravo! Long.

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WA
94

Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: 180

The 1998 Brut Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill opens with intriguing, exotic notes of smoke, cured meats and tar. This is a big, sweeping Sir Winston Churchill endowed with layers of perfumed ripe pears, quince, flowers and spices in a style that balances a generous expression of fruit with acidity and minerality. Everything is in the right place in this delicate yet deeply satisfying Champagne. This bottle was disgorged at the beginning of 2007. Winston Churchill is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with Pinot playing the leading role.

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RJ
91

Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin

My spontaneous impression was that the nose and aftertaste were suffering from youth syndrom while the middle taste was stunningly concentrated and typical of Winston, with a translucent layer of orange-like fruitiness and a darker layer of liquorice. After more careful tasting I am inclined to agree with those who find dosage in youth rather disturbing, but I am very attracted by this multi-facetted beauty who arouses one's interest and promises masses at the prospect of future rendezvous.

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WS
90

Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson

A medium-weight style, balancing finesse and power. It's bracing, with apple, lemon, pencil shaving and whole-grain bread notes, leaving a mouthwatering impression.

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Community Reviews

91

dimman Tasted On: 05/15/2010 Drink Dates: 2015-2030

94

Spike Ngai Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 04/28/2009 Drink Dates: 2008-2023

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