Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2015, Champagne, France - 1.5l
Combining one of the world's finest champagne houses with arguably the greatest Briton of all time was always likely to see sparks fly, and this cuvée confirms this to be the case. The wartime leader was a famed enthusiast of the Pol Roger brand, and this vintage offers everything he valued in champagne. A peppery and spicy nose gives way to intense flavours of black fruit with a nutty overtone, balanced by hints of buttery toasted brioche. Acidity is medium and welcome, while the finish is long-lasting and tantalising. Truly a champagne fit to carry Churchill's name, with a rich and striking character reminiscent of the man himself.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as far as we know – the champagne house guards this information as a family secret.
WHAT IT GOES WITH
Churchill himself declared a magnum of champagne the perfect size for lunch, especially if one party is not drinking, so consider matching this champagne with lighter bites. Oysters and seafood, especially lobster, makes a particularly fine pairing.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD
Creating memorable wines and champagnes for over 160 years, Pol Roger remains under family ownership. Now controlled by a fifth generation, the values of Pol Roger are identical to those that put this house on the map in the 19th Century, while Churchill himself formed a firm rapport with the house following a banquet to celebrate the liberation of France from German occupation in 1944. This 2015 vintage enjoys the advantage of grapes plucked from a particularly warm and wet growing season, leading to a unique crispness.