- Iconic champagne from an iconic maison
- Rated 99 points by Tyson Stelzer, one of the best investments you'll make
- Pair with people you love. A cigar and the odd spoon of caviar
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Sir Winston is the distinguished gentleman of the prestige champagne world, and never has he looked more majestic than in 2008. The purity and finesse that define Pol Roger attain new heights in this scintillating season. Pinot noir assumes a commanding lead, without force or ambition, yet with a confidence this cuvée has not seen since 1996, and a grace that transcends even that epic season and every other in recent decades.
Sir Winston captures the exuberance of the greatest pinot noir crus, and presents it with astonishing determination, exacting purity and pinpoint precision, eloquently articulating the tension of the finest intricacies of the 2008 season. It leads out with the most gorgeous white cherries, elevating in time to the full depth of black cherries and strawberries, flowing harmoniously into layers of almond nougat, vanilla and brioche, brimming with mixed spice, even suggestions of dark fruit cake.
Its chalk mineral definition is a revelation of the highest order, surging with a deep infusion of super-fine, profoundly salty and deeply expressive chalk that rumbles to the very core of the greatest crus of the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, embracing the palate, transfixing the senses and bringing the will to complete surrender. In seamless line and unwavering length, this is a Sir Winston like no other, revelling in the brilliance of 2008 acidity, which cunningly snaps its finish into strict control, undeviating focus and effortless, determined endurance.
It is a vintage that simultaneously elevates Sir Winston to soaring heights of finesse and greater depths of complexity. Stunning now, it will age in slow motion for many decades, firming its place among the greatest of all time. True to the manner of Pol Roger, this is not a cuvée that will turn heads by flashy flamboyance or heightened exuberance, but by effortless poise and understated integrity. A tense vintage eloquently translated with peace, calm and harmony.
Technical details: Predominantly pinot noir (more than 60%), as Winston Churchill was a pinot drinker, the balance chardonnay, all from grand cru villages under vine at the time of Churchill; cold settled at 6oC; fermented below 18oC; full malolactic fermentation; secondary fermentation in the lowest part of the cellars (9oC); aged almost 10 years on lees; cork