The Pol Roger Story
In its 160 years of history, Pol Roger has carved out one of the best reputations in the select circle of the leading Champagne brands. This recognition is the fruit of the firm's unwavering dedication to two essential values: excellence and independence. Each of the wines which bears the Pol Roger name is treated as an impeccable ambassador of its history. For five generations, the family's descendants have been equally demanding; remaining loyal to the strategy initiated from the very beginning by the firm's founder. Excellence means the rigorous selection of the vinegrowers the firm works with, but also by strict selection of the grapes bought from them. Family members keep a close eye on all aspects of the operations, including details of the vinification; it also means that the family, in complete independence, chooses the blends which will become the final wines. Excellence and independence are closely linked. One guarantees the continuing existence of the other and vice versa
Why's this wine for you?

No need for an occasion. Opening one of the finest wines ever made, made in honor of one of the finest leaders who ever lived, is a celebration in itself.

We’re talking about Sir Winston Churchill, a man whose appetite for Champagne was known far and wide. He loved it so much that Pol Roger gave him the honour of naming a Cuvée after him, modeled in his favourite style. But you knew that, didn’t you?

What you may not know is that this incredibly rare Champagne has found its way to The Wine Collective once again, a rockstar appearance of one of the best vintages for the stuff in decades.

Thank goodness the Mayan calendar was wrong and 2012 didn’t spell the end of the world. Far from it in Champagne, where, despite challenges (none of them apocalyptic), producers of all ilk produced wines of astounding depth and complexity that will be drinkable at all stages of their long lifespan.

But what the top producers came out with in this glorious year... Well, it may be a while before we see anything of this quality again.


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The Brief
Alcohol
12.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2012
Cellar to
2035
How's it taste?
Medium to deep gold; vigorous mousse; an opulent nose that starts with a Golden Delicious note but quickly unwinds into something altogether richer and more complex – salted buttery shortbread, tarte aux pommes, pastry cream, grilled nuts. On the palate the wine is bracing, bright, with taut acidity that then develops in the mouth to reveal a structure that has a broad and generous side. There are layers and layers of flavour, detailed and pixilated, with flavours of red apples, pink grapefruit flesh, salted pie crust, caramel creaminess and a twist of buttered Viennoiserie with acacia honey. There is a chalky, saline note on the finish.
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Critic Reviews
Expert Review
Expert Review
99 Points
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast
The great 2012 vintage shows well in this rich, full Champagne. Dominated as usual by Pinot Noir, the wine is powerfully ripe and impressively full of white fruits and tight minerality. Ready to drink from 2022, it is worthy of aging and certainly drinkable even in 10 years time.
Expert Review
Expert Review
98 Points
James Suckling
Intense aromas of strawberry and subtle apple with pie crust and some ash and stone. An almost smoky undertone to the aromas. Full-bodied and very layered with ultra fine tannins that give it a rough-cut, velvety texture. It’s very flavorful, yet so checked and reserved at the same time. Compact, tight palate that is deep and powerful. Very vinous at the end and in the mouth feel. Spicy and biscuity at the finish. Mostly pinot noir with chardonnay and only grand cru. More density and complexity than the 2008. Seven years on the lees. Delicious and luxurious to drink now, but giving this some age will make it even better.
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Expert Review
97 Points
Wine Spectator
Sleek, with racy acidity, this tightly-meshed version nonetheless offers a lovely range of flavors, with ripe black cherry and currant fruit and accents of pomegranate, candied kumquat and raw almond. Finely detailed, creamily swaths the palate in silk-like texture, carrying the expanding flavor profile through to a graphite- and spice-laced, lasting finish. Drink now through 2032. 600 cases imported.
Expert Review
Expert Review
96 Points
William Kelley - Robert Parker
Pol Roger's newly released 2012 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is showing brilliantly, bursting from the glass with youthful aromas of honeyed pears, toasted brioche, pomelo, fresh pastry, green apple and mandarin orange, with hints of stone fruit emerging with time in the glass. Full-bodied, vinous and textural, with an enveloping core of fleshy, concentrated fruit, bright acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse, it concludes with a long, penetrating finish. More muscular and vibrant than the generous and charming 2009, the 2012 ranks alongside the 2008 and 2002 as one of the three finest renditions of Sir Winston Churchill this millennium—and in style it resembles a hypothetical blend of those two vintages.
Expert Review
Expert Review
95 Points
Simon Field MW - Decanter
A deep lemon gold colour, a decorous and persistent bead and then an enticing aromatic of orchard fruit, yeast, spice and crystallised lemon, behind that the softly beguiling lure of magnificently self- assured Pinot Noir. More immediately attractive than illustrious forebears such as 2002 and 2008, the wine is already encyclopedic in scope, vanilla pod and a lick of sour honey brightly predictive, with more ascetic, chalky, pithy notes underwriting the rigours of today’s structure. A wine of great dignity, authority and bearing; remind you of anyone? Dosage 7g/L. Disgorged July 2020.
Expert Review
Expert Review
95 Points
Anthony Rose - The Real Review
Disgorged last year, Cuvée Sir Winston has spent seven and half years ageing on its lees in Pol’s cellar after bottling with a dosage of 7 g/l, disgorged in the spring of 2013. Almost surprisingly golden-hued, first impressions are of ripe apples and light toasty notes, impressions confirmed on tasting a drink of liquid ripe apple refreshment buoyed by a fine mousse holding the richly concentrated, exotic fruit together, teetering between Cox’s apple richness and a balancing freshness but without any hint of aggressive tang or bite; a very winey Champagne and one you feel should endure and improve over a decade as long as it’s properly cellared.
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