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1998 Pol Roger "Cuvée Winston Churchill" Brut Champagne

SKU #1043356 97 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Churchill loved Pol Roger Champagne so much he named a race horse after it. When he died, Pol Roger named its tete de cuvee after him. Among the rich and deep, Pinot Noir-based leaders in this tasting, the Cuvee Sir Winnie has always been the one that finds the best balance of boldness and control at the same time. Its toasty, nutty, soy and chalk first aromas are met by smells of brioche and roasted lemons, and its mousse follows with both power and pinpoint insistence. It eschews the fruitier styles of Dom Perignon and Perrier-Jouet yet has more mannerly lines than the pushy Bollinger and Krug. It is, quite simply, our favorite among a very exciting group of wines. Inner quote mark (12/2008)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark *Three Stars* Churchill loved Pol Roger Champagne so much he named a race horse after it. When he died, Pol Roger named its tête de cuvée after him. Among the rich and deep, Pinot Noir-based leaders in this tasting, the Cuvée Sir Winnie has always been the one that finds the best balance of boldness and control at the same time. Its toasty, nutty, soy and chalk first aromas are met by smells of brioche and roasted lemons, and its mousse follows with both power and pinpoint insistence. It eschews the fruitier styles of Dom Perignon and Perrier-Jouet yet has more mannerly lines than the pushy Bollinger and Krug. It is, quite simply, our favorite among a very exciting group of wines. Inner quote mark (12/2008)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2007)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A bracing version, with loads of energy driving its apple, grapefruit and pastry flavors. Mineral and ginger notes enter the mix as this glides to a long finish. Drink now through 2022. Inner quote mark (11/2009)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 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. (19/20 points) Inner quote mark (1/2009)

K&L Notes

According to Wine Advocate: "Pol Roger is one of Champagne’s historic houses. I have long admired the estate’s Champagnes for their superb balance and gracefulness...The tete de cuvee, Sir Winston Churchill, named after the estate’s most famous customer, is often among the finest wines in the region." (AG, 12/2008)


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