The Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is the prestige cuvée of the House. The Cuvée was created as a tribute to the great man, as he was a close friend of the Pol-Roger family and long time consumer of the champagne. The exact composition is a closely guarded secret but relies on a formula of which its namesake would heartily have approved. (While unpublished, the exact blend relies heavily on Pinot Noir and undoubtedly only on 100% rated villages.) The Cuvée is consistently made in the style he preferred: robust, full-bodied, relatively mature and dominated by Pinot Noir which contributes firmness and backbone complemented by the ethereal elegance of Chardonnay. The Cuvée is composed of the only the finest grapes from the very best vineyards (and only those from within the Champagne area under vine in Sir Winston's day), chosen for declaration in only the best vintage years. Tom Stevenson has said this is "the greatest prestige cuvée of recent times".
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The great British statesman's favorite Champagne (which he drank daily, this is one of the great Champagnes. It is a ripe, full-bodied style, packed with power but remaining sophisticated and never overwhelming. There is a hint of toastiness from increasing maturity, but it is still lively, ripe and intense.
Very tightly wound and racy, this packs citrus, hazelnut and vanilla pastry flavors into its medium-bodied frame. Well-integrated and dense, this has a long life ahead. Excellent lingering finish. Best from 2005 through 2015.