A rather disappointing entry in a recent Pol Roger Churchill vertical. Earthy, grainy, and a bit sour. Tired mousse, and little fruit aroma remains. Perhaps it's just over the hill, or storage was sub-par. But given several other notes here with similar observations, I'd tend to think more that this particular vintage is just not up to par with what is normally one of the grandest prestige cuvées of all the Grande Marque houses.
Drank from a magnum: Easily the best champagne I have ever had. I didn't keep notes as it was during a birthday party, sorry, but this was really, really, really good. Wow, a real eye-opener as to what is possible. Utterly beautiful in every way. No edges, subtle bubbles, beautiful nose and palate. Had every single person that had it in tears. A truly epic experience.
A tarnished gold colour with very fine bead evident. Initially the nose gave off some oxidative, varnishy burnt almond characters, but these came around to mostly caramel, mushroom, apricot and nuttiness. A wave of flavour envelops your mouth on the first taste. The palate is fresher than the nose would indicate, it is pure elegance, superbly balanced and had awesome texture and length. Ready to drink now.
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(Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill) A 1979 Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill was a bit disappointing. Nothing was wrong with the bottle, but it seemed to lack that boom boom pow. As Big Boy observed, ‘it was a little light and didn’t pop.’ The nose was stone city. The palate was long, gritty and grainy with white fruits and wheat, but I expected more from this normally outstanding cuvee (92M).
(Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill) A magnum of 1979 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill had decadent vanilla aromas. It was ‘peachy and slaty’ per Todd, aka the Hillbilly, and also had great white musk and light toast aromas, more like bread soaked in oil. The palate was still young, very young, with nice bread, toast and white chocolate flavors. There was a bit of dirty earth on the finish, holding it back a bit
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