Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Vintage Champagne 1999 75cl

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Country France
Champagne Type Prestige
Region Champagne
Brand Pol Roger
Grape Variety Pinot Noir / Chardonnay
Size 75cl
ABV 12.5%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 1999
Maturity Drink or keep
Style Fresh and Elegant
Food Match Rich, full-flavoured dishes

The Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1999 is full of freshness and elegance. A wonderful fizz with subtle citrus and apple fruit, plus deep aromas of shortbread and nuts.

The wine is a deep yellow gold, typical of most Churchill champagnes.  On the nose an abundance of citrus and toasty notes leads to a palate full of expressive fruits with hints of honey. The bubbles are extremely fine and with a constant stream. The finish is long and lingering with such intense flavours.

Sir Winston Churchill's relationship with Pol Roger dates back to 1945 when, during a luncheon given by the British ambassador to France after the liberation of Paris, Churchill met the charming and captivating Odette Pol-Roger. A friendship began which, indulged by his wife Clementine, lasted until his death in 1965. Each year on his birthday, Odette would send Churchill a case of vintage champagne. So close was his relationship with the family that upon his death, Pol Roger put black-bordered labels on all of their bottles destined for the UK. In 1975, Pol Roger went one step further and named their prestige cuvée after him, producing it in the robust and mature style that he liked so much. The exact composition of this cuvée is a family secret but it is likely that Pinot Noir dominates 70-80% of the blend with the remainder being Chardonnay. The grapes are all from Grand Cru vineyards which were under vine during Churchill's lifetime.

Sir Winston Churchill was Pol Roger's most illustrious devotee and customer. Pol Roger created their Prestige Cuvee in 1975 in homage to 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. Cuvee 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.

Pol Roger, a Champenois from Ay, made his first sale of wine in January 1849. The firm developed rapidly, moving to Epernay in 1851. Pol began to favour production of brut Champagne knowing that this was the type of Champagne preferred by the English. Over the next 45 years, until his death in 1899, he built his business into one of the most respected in Champagne, forging strong trade links with Britain. He was succeeded by his sons, Maurice and Georges, who changed their names to Pol-Roger by deed poll and, thereafter, by a further three generations of his direct descendants.

To this day the company remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. Pol Roger owns 87 hectares of prime vineyard sites spread over the Montagne de Reims, the Vallee de La Marne, the Vallee d‘Epernay and the Côte des Blancs, supplemented by grapes purchased on long-term contracts with growers on the best sites in the region.

The cellars extend some 7 kilometres beneath the streets of Epernay and are carved out of the local chalk over three levels, the deepest at 33m below street level where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. They are amongst the coolest and deepest cellars in the region, a factor which contributes to the famously fine bubbles in Pol Roger's champagnes.

Country Of Origin: France

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