Champagne Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 2009

We are delighted to have just taken stock of Pol Roger's Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill's 2009 vintage, which comes in its own individual gift cases.

Champagne Pol Roger was Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne: hence the creation of Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill label – a vintage Champagne which packs a real punch as you would expect from this famous label.

The relationship between the great wartime Prime Minister and Pol Roger dates back to a lunch with Churchill, the British ambassador to France and the magnificent Odette Pol-Roger (following the liberation of Paris), in which the 1928 Pol Roger was served. A beautiful friendship was formed, lasting until Churchill's death, and apparently remains to this day. Churchill had great taste, of course, saying, ‘My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best’.

Apparently, the links between Pol-Roger and Churchill families are still as strong to this day, and while Churchill was unable to visit 44 Avenue de Champagne, the home of Champagne Pol Roger, he called it , ‘the most drinkable address in the world’. Churchill sent Odette a copy of his Memoirs inscribed ‘Cuvée de Réserve, mise en bouteille au Chateau de Chartwell’, and named one of his racehorses 'Pol Roger', which won at Kempton Park in 1953, Coronation Year.

Pol Roger was established by Pol Roger himself, who (when just 18 years old) in 1849, when he made his first sale of wine to a merchant in Aÿ, the village he had grown up in, to earn money as his father was ill, and after making its first Brut Champagne in 1855, the brand had established itself by the end of the 19th century as a fine Champagne.

Pol Roger's 2009 vintage was rated 95+ points by robertparker.com, which commented: ‘Pol Roger's 2009 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill has turned out very well, offering up a demonstrative bouquet of golden apples, clear honey, hazelnuts and fresh pastry that's still quite primary. Full-bodied, fleshy and textural, it's deep and concentrated, with an ample core of fruit, ripe but racy acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, penetrating finish. This is an expressive, deceptively immediate rendition of this bottling, yet despite its charm out of the gates, readers willing to wait at least five years will be rewarded with significant additional complexity.’