Pol Roger 2006 "Sir Winston Churchill" Brut, Champagne, France

Pol Roger 2006 "Sir Winston Churchill" Brut, Champagne, France

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Pol Roger 2006 "Sir Winston Churchill" Brut, Champagne, France

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.  

Blend: 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 Grands Crus 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.

The must undergoes two débourbages (settlings), one at the press house immediately after pressing and the second, a débourbage à froid,  in stainless steel tanks at 6°C over a 24 hour period. Slow cool fermentation with the temperature kept under 18°C takes place in stainless steel with each variety and each village kept separate. The wine undergoes a full malolactic fermentation prior to final blending.  Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle at 9°C in the deepest Pol  Roger cellars (33 metres below street level) where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) by hand, a rarity in Champagne nowadays. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger is renowned owes much to these deep, cool and damp cellars.

The wine displays a gorgeous white gold colour enhanced by a continuous thread of tiny bubbles announcing a lively effervescence. The delicate nose exudes scents of butter and brioche. Flavours of almonds and hazelnuts mingle with refined fragrances of yellow fruits dominated by the freshness of citrus fruits (tangerines). Then the wine opens up with savours of nougat and pistachio nuts. On the palate, the attack is fresh and reveals a perfect balance between acidity and suppleness. The aromas are reminiscent of the sweetness of cooked fruits associated with hints of almonds, dried fruits and quinces. As the wine warms in the glass, it turns more rounded. Its silky texture is supported by a stunning length.



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