Pol Roger Champagne Brut Rosé Frankrijk Champagne Epernay Mousserend Chardonnay Pinot Noir 1999

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A serendipitous luncheon with his soon-to-be muse Odette Pol Roger, proved to<br/>be the start of a very happy relationship between Churchill and the famous<br/>Champagne House, a relationship now in its twelfth vinous commemoration with<br/>the launch of the 1999 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, a wine made only in<br/>very special years. Challenging is perhaps an equally appropriate epithet for<br/>1999, some untimely rain in September taking the edge off what hitherto looked<br/>set to be an excellent vintage, which has had to settle for recognition as<br/>merely a very good one. Very good indeed, in point of fact for the Pinot Noir,<br/>which dominates this blend, outweighing the Chardonnay by a factor of three to<br/>one. <br/> <br/>1999 was the first vintage vinified by Dominique Petit, formerly of Krug, and<br/>perhaps it is not entirely whimsical to detect a trace of the Krug power and<br/>concentration here. But above and beyond that of course is the supreme elegance<br/>and harmony for which Pol Roger is famous, the wine demonstrating an almost<br/>baletic elegance on the tongue to belie its ten years of cellaring. <br/> <br/>The mousse is generous and the fruit is both pure and powerful, backed up by a<br/>subtle minerality and gentle hints of ginger and spice. A long finish presages<br/>ageing potential until 2018. All in all a very worthy wine to celebrate the<br/>150th anniversary of this great House. <br/>(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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Pol Roger made his first sale of wine in January 1849. Family circumstances forced him to set a business. As early as 1855. Pol began to favour a production od Brut Campagne.

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External Reviews for Pol Roger Champagne Brut Rosé Frankrijk Champagne Epernay Mousserend Chardonnay Pinot Noir

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Complex and mature, this is a formal, regal Champagne. Itrsquo;s classically pinot in its red fruit, layering cherry, raspberry and red apple. Yet all of that is surrounded by a paler spice mdash; cumin, toasted wheat, baked quince. The dynamic flavors last over a minute after each sip, the bubbles informing the flavor or seeming to form it. A remarkable rsquo;93.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A mature Champagne thatrsquo;s developed subtle taste nuances yet remained lively. Posh texture plus ripe fruit and spice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This is closed off, as many 1996 wines are at the moment. Itrsquo;s a great vintage of Winston Chruchill, a powerful young wine with mouthwatering flavors of cold-climate grapes and the chalky acidity that sustains them. Those flavors seem compressed and hidden for now, but the balance and minerality is clear. This has a long future ahead.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1986 Sir Winston Churchill is so very dry and austere that it was mistaken for Bollinger by a few tasters. Definitely a Champagne to have with food, this subtle, understated sparkler has a toasty nose, lots of power, depth, and good acidity. Typical of the Winston Churchill Cuveacute;e, this is a long ager, although it is quite good right now.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The structure of the 1996 vintage is softened by a fine, silky mousse in this intensely wrought bubbly. Fresh, with citrus, berry, nut and coffee aromas and flavors and a rounded finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Flavorful yet dry, with lean citrus accents, lively acidity and a crisp, almost austere finish. Still has a great mouthfilling mousse after all these years on the yeast. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Dazzling balance and unique flavors make this memorable. Vivid, appetizing acidity melds with the fine mousse for a lively texture that carries the lemon, herb and mineral accents through a long finish. Drink now through 2003.


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A serendipitous luncheon with his soon-to-be muse Odette Pol Roger, proved to<br/>be the start of a very happy relationship between Churchill and the famous<br/>Champagne House, a relationship now in its twelfth vinous commemoration with<br/>the launch of the 1999 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, a wine made only in<br/>very special years. Challenging is perhaps an equally appropriate epithet for<br/>1999, some untimely rain in September taking the edge off what hitherto looked<br/>set to be an excellent vintage, which has had to settle for recognition as<br/>merely a very good one. Very good indeed, in point of fact for the Pinot Noir,<br/>which dominates this blend, outweighing the Chardonnay by a factor of three to<br/>one. <br/> <br/>1999 was the first vintage vinified by Dominique Petit, formerly of Krug, and<br/>perhaps it is not entirely whimsical to detect a trace of the Krug power and<br/>concentration here. But above and beyond that of course is the supreme elegance<br/>and harmony for which Pol Roger is famous, the wine demonstrating an almost<br/>baletic elegance on the tongue to belie its ten years of cellaring. <br/> <br/>The mousse is generous and the fruit is both pure and powerful, backed up by a<br/>subtle minerality and gentle hints of ginger and spice. A long finish presages<br/>ageing potential until 2018. All in all a very worthy wine to celebrate the<br/>150th anniversary of this great House. <br/>(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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