Created to honor Sir Winston Churchill, the style of this Champagne was the indulgent English Prime Ministers' favorite. Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill is Pol Rogers's top Champagne, and the exact blend is a closely guarded secret, but it is predominantly Pinot Noir, followed by Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir lends structure and power, while the Chardonnay gives elegance and precision. This cuvee is only made in worthy vintages and is only sourced from grand cru vineyard sites. It's one of the most reasonably priced tete de cuvees from one of the Grande Marque addresses and a bottle that is much loved among aficionados. 2015 is an outstanding vintage for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and this vintage can be enjoyed now or cellared for a bit longer. The beauty of the 2015 vintage is on full display here with excellent levels of ripeness with unfurling complexity and met with precise acids, richness, and the savory signature of the vintage, which only adds to its depth.
Antonio Galloni 95 points! "The 2015 Brut Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill shows off the savory side of the vintage to great effect. Hints of dried pear, sage, mint, dried flowers, lemon oil and chamomile open gradually in this mid-weight, lithe edition of Pol Roger's tête de cuvée. The 2015 unfolds nicely with time in the glass, but I wouldn't think of opening a bottle anytime soon. Readers will find a nervy Winston Churchill marked by notable freshness and vigor more than size. This is a fine effort in a vintage that has proven to be far trickier than most observers originally envisioned. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged September 2022."
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 94+ points! "A strong effort in a less-acclaimed vintage, Pol Roger's newly released 2015 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill opens in the glass with aromas of confit citrus, ripe orchard fruits and dried white flowers mingled with hints of honeycomb, freshly baked bread and anise. Medium to full-bodied, vinous and concentrated, with bright acids, chalky structuring extract and a pinpoint mousse, this inherently rather rich, gastronomic Champagne is quite tightly wound out of the gates and will reward a bit of bottle age. Stylistically, it is somewhat reminiscent of a modern-day version of the 1985."
Jancis Robinson 18/20 points! "Blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from grand cru vineyards. Deep golden straw colour. Full-bodied, meaty nose with lots of impact. Lovely, filigree mousse – very well judged for its impact on the palate. Flavours reach every bit of the palate. Quite a charmer! Definitely already approachable – in fact it tastes as though it would already have been pretty nice last year! A fine, succulent representative of this dry, ripe year. Pretty gorgeous actually. Maybe it won't be the longest-lasting Churchill but it's hugely satisfying now. (Drink between 2023-2030)"