Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill 2006 Magnum (1.5Ltr)
Our Price: $799.00 (RRP $819.99)
97 Points - Tyson Stelzer
Sir Winston Churchill was Pol Roger's most famous enthusiast and client. This champagne is made in his honor. Churchill's association with Pol Roger goes back to 1945, despite the fact that he had been a devoted client as far back as 1908.
TThe 2006 is the sixteenth release of this cuvée, following on from the 2002 and 2004 where demand quickly outstripped supply. It is a superlative example of its vintage: the fruit is luxurious in its richness, so characteristic of the supple expressiveness resulting from the vintage’s warm September, all enrobed in decadent autolytic complexity. It is quite irresistibly drinkable, with superb length.
The blend of Sir Winston Churchill is a closely guarded secret. I ask d’Harcourt every time we taste a new vintage. ‘I have not been drunk enough yet to tell you!’ he replies. I’ll keep working on it. Elusive details aside, Sir Winston steps up with a characterful presence in the powerful 2006 season, with Pinot Noir commanding a confident lead in spicy fig, mirabelle plum and red apple fruit, intricately toned by the bright lemon, grapefruit and crunchy pear of chardonnay. With time in the glass, a gorgeous presence of red cherry fruit rises and sweeps in a captivating display of youthful fruit integrity. Time moves slowly in Pol Roger’s deep, cold cellars, and the tell-tale signs of maturity in nutmeg and almond are but fleeting glimpses, its age declared more dramatically in gorgeously seamless and silky texture. The signature, salty chalk minerality of the greatest Crus of the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims lays out a finish of outstanding line and enduring length, with a bright acid line that defines the finesse of the house and promises medium-term potential. A highlight of the season.'