1996 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.
With great pride, the house of Pol Roger created this prestige cuvée to honor Sir Winston and the wine is made in a style of which he would approve. The friendship between Champagne-house Pol Roger and Sir Winston Churchill dates back to the 1928 vintage. Sir Winston Churchill had a lifelong “attachment” to Pol Roger champagne and insisted on enjoying the champagne at the most dangerous and dark periods of wartime. He (very) famously borrowed a slogan of Napoleon’s to describe his passion for this supremely invigorating champagne: “In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it”.
Notes: Nice fruit on the palate, vibrant and fresh, ending with more mature toasted nuances. Will be stunning at peak maturity. Very complex with layers of aroma: mandarin, oysters, chocolate, brioche and nuts. Opened up and revealed its potential — drinking window: 2016–2035.