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  • By Antonio Galloni
    1996 Champagne – For The Ages (Oct 2014), 10/1/2014, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Pol Roger Brut Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2006, IWC Issue #129, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Pol Roger Champagne Cuvee Winston Churchill) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Kapon
    Happy New Year 2012 - Juhlin Takes New York, 1/11/2012 96 points

    (Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill (mag)) The Pol Roger was the clear winner of this flight; there was great bread here – doe, crust and the French open altogether. It was classic, rich and had great linearity with its white fruits and minerals. Richard found it ‘bright and big, chocolaty and complex, with every fruit there – apple, citrus, licorice, butterscotch, all in a cocoon of flavor. Sleeping beauty.’ I’ll take what he’s having lol.

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/19/2009, (See more on 96 points

    (Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill) Light golden yellow color; nice yeasty, breakfast croissant and light peach nose; tasty, focused, elegant, tart peach, bright citrus, quince and mineral palate; long finish 96+ pts.

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  • By John Kapon
    New Year's Eve 2008, 12/31/2008 95 points

    (Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill) The crew was already there drinking 1996 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill. I took a quick glass of this clean and fresh bubbly. It was full of yellow sunshine aromas. Its palate was long and balanced, elegant and smooth. It was more refined than I remembered, but this had been in the glass a bit before I got there.
  • By John Kapon
    New Year's Eve 2007, 1/2/2008 95 points

    (Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill) We started appropriately with an ambassador of sorts, the 1996 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill. It’s an ambassador not only due to the man after whom it was named, but also because it remains a great value (arguably greatest) for one of the Top Ten luxury cuvees made in Champagne. In fact, at a December dinner at Chateau Lafite, I was reminded how good even the regular non-vintage Pol Roger is when it was served before dinner. That, too, remains one of the great buys in bubbly, still less than $30 a bottle. The 1996 was a great way to start off the evening, delivering an outstanding experience from the word go. Its nose had picture perfect balance between its sweetness, fruit and structural components. Big Boy called it, ‘Krug-like with its green apples.’ Golden aromas showered over its minerally, slaty, racy and wound personality. BB kept harping on its ‘slaty’ qualities, also appreciating its ‘mid-palate depth.’ It did have that, flashing its fruit in the mouth like an Ali jab. There was great toast to this complex bubbly, but BB felt it was ‘missing the pitch and citricity of 6-star,’ though I countered that it was still a bit young for 6-star status, and that many wines need to blossom into that category. However, a couple of other bubblies would soon remind us that 6-star status is something that can come across even at a young age

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