2002 Pol Roger "Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill" Brut Champagne

SKU #1188078 98 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* With its gold color and mature, toasty flavors, this is possibly the greatest Winston Churchill ever. It has weight and richness, with a dense, full and rich texture. It’s in perfect balance, bringing together maturity and crisper apple and green plum fruit flavors that are cut with lemon. A mineral edge gives a nervy character that will allow this magnificent wine to age further. (RV)  (3/2015)

97 points James Suckling

 Fabulous aromas of dried apple, cream, mango and ginger follow through to a full, dense palate, but it’s very fine. The bead is so, so fine. The texture is like silk. Truly superb. I love the contrast between richness and freshness. It builds slowly on the palate and finishes so long and rich. This was 10 years on the lees. Mostly Pinot Noir.  (10/2014)

95 points Vinous

 The 2002 Brut Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is wonderfully open, expressive and resonant. The richness of the vintage comes through nicely, yet the more overt elements are very nicely balanced by a good deal of freshness. Baked apple, pastry, candied lemon, dried flowers and warm, toasty notes shape the generous, resonant finish. With time in the glass, the 2002 takes a on a striking, vinous character. Readers might want to consider opening the 2002 a few hours in advance, as it really blossoms with air. (AG)  (11/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator

 There's a sense of quiet elegance and grace to this harmonious Champagne. Refined and lacy in texture, with finely wrought acidity lending focus and length to the spice- and graphite-laced flavors of ripe apricot and blackberry, lemon meringue pie, chopped almond and briny mineral.  (12/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow-gold. Deeply pitched aromas of poached pear, fresh fig, orange custard and honey, with smoky mineral and buttered toast nuances adding complexity. Stains the palate with ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are given spine and focus by juicy acidity. Closes taut, sappy and extremely long, with an echo of toastiness and wonderful clarity. All Grand Cru fruit.  (12/2014)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2015 | Send Email
This is the ultimate in masculine style Champagne; stuffed, broad, dense and serious. Pol Roger does not use any wood whatsoever in their cellar, yet the scale of these seems greater than even the 100% wood producers. They won’t reveal the exact composition of the Winston, but call it “Pinot dominant” which would qualify as a great understatement. This wine is loaded with savory black cherry Pinot fruit and chalky acidity for the ages. Too bad they only make 10 press loads, and only in the greatest vintages!
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