1988 Pol Roger - Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 750ml

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RJ 95   IWC 94   WS 94   JR 18.5   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Richard Juhlin | Rating: 95

A very slow starter, with perfect balance and wonderful but understated aromas. Everything can be sensed under the blanket that covers this time bomb. Today a massive and multifaceted, youthful fruitiness dominates. In ten years' time this fruitiness will combine with the high acidity to carry Winston to unimaginable heights. Decanting is recommended for the impatient.

Author: Richard Juhlin
Issue: Issue 1

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Classic, subtly complex Champagne aromas of toast, toffee, citrus peel, and yeasty fresh apple. Rich, full and ripe, with great depth of flavor and truly insinuating intensity. Complex notes of butterscotch and toasted nuts. Ripe, harmonious acids give this remarkably smooth wine excellent backbone for further aging. Extremely long. I rated this wine 93(+?) a year ago, and it has certainly delivered on its early promise. A pinnacle of the '88 vintage. (Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd., New York, NY.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 93

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

A mature Champagne that's developed subtle taste nuances yet remained lively. Posh texture plus ripe fruit and spice flavors that linger.

Drink Dates: 1999-2004
Author: James Laube


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

Jeroboam. Disgorged 16 Mar 1999. Much paler than the 1990. Exceptionally lively mousse. Very firm indeed. Nuanced. Lovely layers and subtlety. Rich but dry and savoury. Very fine in every way. No hint of 1988 austerity. A lovely open flower now.

Drink Dates: 2004-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/12/2002
Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Light to medium green gold color with a tiny pinprick bead. A beautiful but still young and developing nose of buttery bread dough, ginger spice, lemon-lime, and a touch of vanilla. Perfectly balanced with a very long finish. Lemons coupled with nuanced honey and slight nutmeg notes caress the palate. Intense but ethereal and light. Champagne does not get much better than this. Drinkable now but better in five years and will last another 12 to 15.

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

131 bottles owned by 73 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Champagne Blend


Three major varieties are used in a Champagne Blend: Chardonnay, which provides a smooth, creamy texture and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which provide depth and backbone. Most Champagne is non-vintage (NV), produced with grapes from several different vintages. Vintage Champagnes are made in exceptional years and must contain 80% grapes from that year. Champagne, France is the only region permitted to put "Champagne" on the label.

Blanc de Blancs: Meaning "white of white," blanc de blancs Champagne is 100% Chardonnay.

Blanc de Noirs: Meaning "white of red," is 100% Pinot Noir or a Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier blend.

Rose Champagne: A small amount of still red wine is added during the blending process, creating a rose hue.

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