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Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2008 Vintage Champagne 75cl

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Champagne Pol Roger 2008 is the latest vintage of a very fine year in Champagne. Winston Churchill created their Prestige Cuvée in homage to Sir Winston Churchill mindful of the qualities that he sought in his champagne: robustness, a full-bodied character and relative maturity. The exact blend is a closely guarded family secret but it is undeniable that the composition would meet with the approval of the man to whom it is dedicated: 'My tastes are simple, I am easily satisted with the best'. Pinot Noir predominates, providing structure, breadth and robustness whilst Chardonnay contributes elegance, finesse and subtlety.

The wine undergoes two débourbages (settlings), one at the press house immediately after pressing and the second,in stainless steel tanks at 6°C over a 24 hour period. A slow cool fermentation with the temperature kept under 18°C takes place in stainless steel with each variety and each village kept separate. The wine undergoes a full malolactic-fermentation prior to final blending. Secondary fermentation takes place in bottle at 9°C in the deepest Pol Roger cellars (33 metres below street level) where the wine is kept until it undergoes remuage (riddling) by hand, a rarity in Champagne nowadays. The very fine and persistent mousse for which Pol Roger is renowned owes much to these deep, cool and damp cellars.

This wine combines the fullness of the much-celebrated 2008 vintage with the unparalleled and much-loved style of the Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill. A long, lingering finish indicates that this wine has fantastic ageing potential. 

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Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Following some frost in December, the beginning of 2008 was marked by mild and humid weather conditions. However by contrast, March and April were cool and rainy, even hit by spells of snow and frost. Good temperatures in May rapidly boosted growth. The summer months were characterised by extremely variable weather, with storms in July, cool weather and limited sunny periods in August. The changing of colour and onset of ripening started in early August and by this point, the conditions in the vineyard were outstanding. September brought excellent weather, and the picking started on 15th September in sunny conditions. The grapes were healthy, and the sugar/acidity balance, perfect.
The opulent golden colour of the wine is enlivened by a fine harmonious stream of bubbles. At rest, the rich nose boasts notes of white flowers and freshly baked brioche aromas. As the wine warms in the glass, it exudes scents of dried fruits and toasted almonds and hazelnuts, combining with a hint of orange zest.
On the palate, the wine is immediately powerful and yet exquisitely well-balanced; refreshing flavours of citrus fruit, notably grapefruit, are coupled with creamy notes of pastry. This wine combines the fullness of the much-celebrated 2008 vintage with the unparalleled and much-loved style of the Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill. A long, lingering finish indicates that this wine has fantastic ageing potential.
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Brand Pol Roger
Country France
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 12.5
Style Brut
Champagne Expression Brioche, Floral, Toasty, Citrus
Champagne Dosage (g/l) 7.5
Champagne Producer Type Grand Marque
Closure Cork and Cage
Champagne Grape Champagne Blend
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