1999 Pol Roger "Cuvée Winston Churchill" Brut Champagne

SKU #1065578 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* With its richness and great density of flavor, this is always a great Champagne. This 1999 is rounder than some vintages, less mineral, while still retaining the balance between white fruit and toast. It is still young, still tightly textured and ageworthy over several years. (RV)  (12/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1999 Brut Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill, from magnum, is wonderfully rich and expansive, proving yet again just how well suited the big bottle is to Champagne. Smoke, peaches, mint and flowers are just some of the nuances that flow from this textured kaleidoscopic Champagne. The wine continues to gain focus and breadth through to the enticing, brilliant finish. Disgorged July, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. (AG)  (12/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow-gold. Deep, pungent nose offers an array of orchard and citrus fruit qualities, along with notes of iodine, minerals and toasty lees. Chewy and impressively concentrated, with excellent clarity to its pear and orange flavors. The toasty quality gains strength with air and carries through an impressively long, spicy, floral finish. Very impressive, especially for a release from what is widely considered a so-so vintage for Champagne. (JR)  (10/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Subtle, with hints of ripe apple, almond paste, white peach and honey. There's a smoky mineral baseline, and though well-integrated the acidity is lightly chalky on the fine-grained palate. (AN)  (12/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Tasted blind. Mid gold. Not a great deal of mousse. Cedary complex yeast aromas. Lightly honeyed but so fresh with lemon and orange citrus on the palate. Gentle mousse and relatively soft on the palate, plenty of red fruit and just a hint of tannin. Subtle and gentle with some bruised apple and gingerbread maturity. Really persistent with that Pinot fruit. Deep and long and spiced as it opens up. My guess: 1998 magnum. 18/20 points (JH)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

From Jancis Robinson's notes: "This was made in the 150th anniversary of Pol Roger and represents a fine celebration. Very firm and dense, probably best kept for a few months (I tasted it on release in the UK). That said, the haunting nose filled the room as soon as the cork was popped. Solid food wine. I honestly think it would be wasted poured at a busy reception; it needs some contemplation. Still quite chewy on the finish. Very persistent. All grand cru vineyards that were under vine during Winnie's lifetime. Very much Pinot-dominant. Supposedly only 1,200 bottles made. Almost a Champagne to have with a cigar, appropriately enough. This was the first vintage of their de luxe Champagne made by the new team at Pol Roger." (2/2010)

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