1998 Pol Roger - Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 750ml

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1998 Pol Roger - Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill
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Burghound | 96

(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.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 36

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International Wine Cellar | 93

($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)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Jancis Robinson | 19

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2023
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 180

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Richard Juhlin | 91

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.

Author: Richard Juhlin


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Wine Spectator | 90

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Score: 91
Author: dimman
Tasted On: 05/15/2010
Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Score: 94
Author: Spike Ngai
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/28/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2023
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More Vintages and Sizes of Pol Roger - Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill:

2000 (750ml)

About This Producer


Defined by distinction and elegance, Pol Roger is considered the 'gentlemen's' champagne. Favored by Winston Churchill and the British monarchy, the Pol Roger brand is dedicated to the reflection of refinement, class, and an exclusive lifestyle. Created to display the unique union of family spirit and vineyard character, Pol Roger is a product of generations of knowledge dedicated to both vineyard practices and winemaking skill. The winery and cellars are located on the celebrated and noble Avenue de Champagne in the town of Eperney.

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