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Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill

Introduced by Pol Roger in 1984, this very unique prestige cuvée was produced in honor of the brand's most loyal and ardent customer, Sir Winston Churchill. From the time he ordered his first case of the 1895 vintage in 1908, right up until his death in 1965, the former British Prime Minister insisted on drinking Pol Roger champagne at every occasion. So much so that in the time of war, borrowing one of Napoleons slogans, he stated that "In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it". His love affair with the wine was further enhanced in 1944, while attending the British Embassy's Armistice Day party in Paris. Here he met the stunningly beautiful Odette Pol-Roger, who as Grande dame of her family's champagne house, captivated a fascination from him through her charm and finesse. After this meeting, she would send a case of his favorite vintage to him every year on his birthday. In the last ten years of his life, he managed to work his way through over 500 cases. As a sign of respect, after his death, all Pol Roger bottles bound for the U.K. would receive a black border around the label. This Sir Winston Churchill cuvée has been created to reflect a personal style the great man most adored, possessing a rich and full-bodied flavor. Suggested retail price is around $215.

This champagne blend reflects Sir Winston Churchill's spirit and character. A brilliant citrine yellow infused with deeper gold, crowned by a delicate mousse of tiny bubbles, suggests both youth and concentration. The bouquet develops, opening with forest floor, leafy moss and field mushroom aromas. The nose reveals fresh, acidic citrus fruits and mint, before suave, vegetal notes of acacia, hawthorn, noisette and hazelnut. This champagne evokes the character of autumn. In the mouth, a fine balance is established between fresh acidity and assertive young tannins: the "body" of the wine. This balance underscores a palate at once robust and fine. While the structure is compact and muscular, the mouthfeel remains solid but neither clumsy nor overweight. There is an elegant length on the finish, reminiscent of the lingering complexity of a classic red wine. This champagne is like a rich fabric in which to enfold the most sumptuous cuisine.

Champagne Pol Roger is a notable producer of champagne. The brand is still owned and run by the descendants of Pol Roger. Based around the town of Épernay in the Champagne region, the house annually produces around 110,000 cases of sparkling wine.

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