Champagne Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2002
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Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2002 displays an intense golden-yellow hue and a lively stream of defined bubbles. Upon initial impression, the nose reveals aromas of freshly squeezed lime and some autolytic development. As the wine evolves, complex aromas of lightly toasted brioche coupled with raisins and candied fruit become apparent. The enticing aromas expressed on the nose are reinforced on the palate; boasting a powerful, rich structure, yet well-balanced with intensely flavourful notes of honey and citrus, lending a refreshing acidity. The finish shows a remarkable length, typical of the 2002 vintage, as well as being both rich and full-bodied.
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: One of the finest Champagnes produced for many years
Drink With: 18 month old Parmigano Reggiano
The pressures of his post sadly prevented Winston Churchill from ever paying a visit to 44 Avenue De Champagne, the home of Champagne Pol Roger, but he nonetheless proclaimed it “the most drinkable address in the world”. As recompense for breaking his promise to visit, he sent Odette a copy of his memoirs inscribed “Cuvée de Réserve, mise en bouteille au Château de Chartwell”. He even named one of his racehorses “Pol Roger”, and the filly strode to victory at Kempton Park in 1953, the coronation year.
Champagne Pol Roger created their prestige cuvée in homage to Sir Winston Churchill mindful of the qualities that he sought in his Champagne: robustness, a full-bodied character and relative maturity. The exact blend is a closely guarded family secret, but it is undeniable that the composition would meet with the approval of the man to whom it is dedicated: “My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best”. Pinot Noir predominates, providing structure, breadth and robustness, whilst Chardonnay contributes elegance, finesse and subtlety. Composed exclusively of grapes sourced from grand cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards which were already under vine during Churchill’s lifetime, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is only made in the very best vintages and is always released later than the other vintage Champagnes from Pol Roger, marking the great man’s appreciation for older wines.
2002 was a generally warm year with a particularly mild winter, average rainfall and minimal climatic problems - apart from a few spring frosts and hail showers. Despite a very hot summer, the effects of drought were minor. Rains at the end of August and beginning of September were followed by fine, dry, sunny weather starting on the 10th September and continuing through the vintage. The harvest commenced on the 12th September for the earliest parcels, with the last bunches brought in on the 28th September. It was a vintage characterised by remarkable levels of ripeness.