Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Buy New Year's Champagne 1998 Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill On Sale at Gary's Wine NJ Wine Store

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Brand: Pol Roger
Style: Sparkling
Varietal: Pinot Noir / Chardonnay
Region: Champagne Epernay
Category: Champagne
Size: 750 ml
Ratings: WA 94 WS 90 IWC 93 BH 96 WE 97
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Price: $159.99
Reg: $239.99
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The Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards with 50+ year old vines. This cuvee is only produced in the best vintages.

As Allen Meadows said in a recent review, "...the fruit is from grand cru vineyards that were under vine during the lifetime of Churchill and this is only made in the best vintages. I am not always knocked out by the quality of what I find with this prestige cuvee, but when it's right, it's really right. A glorious and superbly classy nose of remarkable complexity that is neither young nor aged slides gracefully into equally complex flavors that caress the palate and the aspect that makes this all the more appealing is the sappiness on the finish that confers a textured character to the mouth feel. If there is a nit, and I stress that it's only a nit, this is perhaps not quite as refined as the very best grands cuvees in Champagne but in a sense, this is like the old man himself - great but not necessarily a man of finesse. Whatever anthropomorphic descriptor you wish to invoke, this is a great example that could be drunk and enjoyed now or easily held for ano ther ten years..."

Reviews

Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate 94 Points

The 1998 Brut Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill opens with intriguing, exotic notes of smoke, cured meats and tar. This is a big, sweeping Sir Winston Churchill endowed with layers of perfumed ripe pears, quince, flowers and spices in a style that balances a generous expression of fruit with acidity and minerality. Everything is in the right place in this delicate yet deeply satisfying Champagne. This bottle was disgorged at the beginning of 2007. Winston Churchill is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with Pinot playing the leading role. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023.

Wine Spectator 90 Points

A bracing version, with loads of energy driving its apple, grapefruit and pastry flavors. Mineral and ginger notes enter the mix as this glides to a long finish. Drink now through 2022. 250 cases imported.–BS

International Wine Cellar 93 Points

Light gold. Intensely aromatic nose offers a complex bouquet of smoky orchard and pit fruit aromas, along with exotic orange zest and white pepper. Deep and chewy, displaying impressively concentrated but brisk pear and bitter citrus pith flavors and an undercurrent of buttery brioche and lees. Finishes with palate-staining persistence and a subtle anise quality. As usual, a stunner.

Burghound 96 Points

This Cuvée was created in homage to Sir Winston Churchill to embody the qualities he preferred in his Champagne: robustness, a full bodied character and relative maturity; the fruit is from grand cru vineyards that were under vine during the lifetime of Churchill and this is only made in the best vintages. I am not always knocked out by the quality of what I find with this prestige cuvée, but when it’s right, it’s really right. A glorious and superbly classy nose of remarkable complexity that is neither young nor aged slides gracefully into equally complex flavors that caress the palate and the aspect that makes this all the more appealing is the sappiness on the finish that confers a textured character to the mouth feel. If there is a nit, and I stress that it’s only a nit, this is perhaps not quite as refined as the very best grands cuvées in Champagne but in a sense, this is like the old man himself – great but not necessarily a man of finesse. Whatever anthropomorphic descriptor you wish to invoke, this is a great example that could be drunk and enjoyed now or easily held for another ten years.

Wine Enthusiast 97 Points

Even at 10 years, this is still just setting out. While it doesn’t have the immensity of the 1996, it has a great intense grapefruit, pear and fresh apricot series of flavors that come through with toast, ripeness and a suggestion of almonds. 7–8 years aging. - R.V.

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