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European Wine Resource USD 210.00 750ml

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

Winemaker's Notes:

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)

Pol Roger:
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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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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