February 22, 2019 - Very elegant Champagne that's quite mature even out of magnum. Nutty and yeasty flavors with a fine, lithe texture and a hint of oxidation on the finish. Lovely but I somehow think it was at its best a few years ago (at least this bottle). Others liked it more than me. 92-
February 20, 2019 - An evening of vinous gems (Benoit): Spectacular! One of the best Champagnes I've had. A huge nose that leaps from the glass. Very fresh despite its age. Beautiful caramel notes. So delicious
January 13, 2019 - Fresher than the last mag of Churchill, this was really a delight. Broad fleshy, vinous, nutty, brioche but elevated by fresh lemony fruit.
November 3, 2018 - In comfortable maturity now, this shows a broad, rich, brioche nose with mature orchard fruit. The palate is similarly rich but retains enough acidity to retain freshness. Very nice indeed.
November 3, 2018 - Nose: Sweet nose of apricot, sweet almond, brioche, uncooked mushrooms, and baked apple. Palate: entry is nicely creamy, stately and aged. Fruit still nicely together showing baked apple, apricot and lemon oil. Still crisp and mouthwatering. Lovely aged Champagne to start the night.
I have really woken up to aged champagne recently. Something to keep exploring for sure.
December 31, 2017 - Pristine bottle stored for the past 25 years under perfect condition. No tertiary notes yet. Much fresher than expected
November 6, 2016 - Complete Vertival Tasting of Winston Churchill in Magnums and Jero: oxidized
October 28, 2009 - still extremely youthful and vibrant. Pale color. The palate delivers with big red fruit, surely pinot dominated but with no heaviness. Not a hint of oxidation, but there are some complex and mature flavors of nuts and toffee. Great stuff. Staggering minus
April 28, 2007 - All pear tatin for me. My friend said the nose reminded her of Christmas cake. Deep gold and quite delicious. My last bottle.
April 14, 2007 - A loud bang (my lack of control, but a lot of pressure under the cork). Very dark, almost amber. A single, moderate chimney. Deep nose, buttery, nail varnish, mushrooms, cream; brooding, stately and aged. Sweet-smelling. Mousse fairly sparse on the tongue. Reasonable fruit on the palate, with burned citrus, baked apple, Crisp and mouthwatering, despite its age. This bottle shows elements of all four I've had previously, but they are balanced, even reticent. The nose seems more mature than the taste. It's tasty stuff, but not the best. It's got acidity and gas to age a while yet, but I'm not sure it will benefit from this.