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5068 POL ROGER CHAMPAGNE SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL [BOX] 2002 750ml
5068 POL ROGER CHAMPAGNE SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL [BOX] 2002 750ml


 
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Pol Roger was the favourite champagne of Sir Winston Churchill. After Churchill's death in 1965, Pol Roger placed a black border around the labels of Brut NV shipped to the United Kingdom. In 1984, they introduced the Pinot noir-dominant Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill. The first vintage of this cuvée (the one introduced in 1984) was the 1975, only released in magnum format. It has been followed by the 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002 vintages.

Churchill and Pol Roger – A Lasting Friendship

The relationship between Champagne Pol Roger and Sir Winston Churchill dates back to a providential meeting at a luncheon given by the British Ambassador to France some months after the liberation of Paris at which was served the sumptuous 1928 vintage of Pol Roger. Attending the lunch was the beautiful Odette Pol-Roger as well as the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, with whom she struck up an instant rapport. A friendship was born which continued until Churchill’s death, creating links between the Pol-Roger and Churchill families which are still as strong to this day. The pressures of his post sadly prevented Churchill 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, Coronation Year.



CUVÉE SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
“My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best”

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 dated Champagnes from Pol Roger, marking Churchill’s appreciation for older wines.

PREVIOUS VINTAGES OF THE CUVÉE

The first “Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill” was from the 1975 vintage and was released, in magnum only in 1984 with the launch taking place at Blenheim Palace. There followed 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. The latest vintage, 2002, is the Fourteenth and is released only after 11 years cellaring. Produced in very small quantities, it is available in 75cl bottle and magnum.

JS97

I think it is one of the best ever from Pol Roger. The 2002 Sir Winston shows surreal aromas of dried apples, cream, mangos, and ginger that follow through to a full palate with a velvety texture and a lively finish. It opens with air, which suggests decanting. (Yes. You can decant Champagne!) It's extremely enjoyable to drink now, unlike a number of the top 2002 Champagnes at the moment that still need more bottle age. Don't miss this one if you love Pol Roger. It's a classic.”


WS95

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. Drink now through 2029.(Wine Spectator)

JR18

Pale coppery gold. Gosh, amazingly developed and surely a little oaky on the nose. And then extremely refreshing on the palate - much more so than the nose suggested initially. Very dry finish – a substantial, muscular wine !(Jancis Robinson.com)

19.5/20 Guide des vins Bettane et Desseauve 2015

19/20 Le Guide des meilleurs vins de France 2015


Sir Winston Churchill Quotes [by Decanter.com ]

Stories abound about Churchill and alcohol, from drinking hard spirits in the early hours of the morning to claims that he drank 42,000 bottles of Pol Roger Champagne throughout his lifetime.

Perhaps the Champagne figure has been elevated to mythical levels, given that it would have required Churchill to drink 467 bottles of Pol Roger in each of his 90 years.

Even the eponymous Champagne house, which named a Cuvee after him in 1975, says Churchill didn't touch the brand until 1908, when he was already in his 30s.

Outside of his role in World War Two, Churchill's political career rarely ran smoothly. His commitment to wine was unswerving throughout. Here are some of his best-known lines:


On Champagne:

In success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it.

Champagne is the wine of civilisation and the oil of government.

Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne.

Meeting [US president] Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of Champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.


On Wine in general:

Dinner would have been splendid...if the wine had been as cold as the soup, the beef as rare as the service, the brandy as old as the fish, and the maid as willing as the Duchess.

Madame, I may be drunk, but you are ugly, and tomorrow I will be sober,' - reportedly said in the House of Commons to Labour MP Bessie Braddock.

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

[by Decanter.com ]


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