Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast 2018 : 100 / 100 Cellar Selection
“One of the great Champagnes both for its richness and its longevity, this latest incarnation is superb. The wine’s richness is linked to the ripe fruit and the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend. It also shines in the perfect balance between the texture, the minerality and the integration of the fruit. It can be enjoyed now, but it will be better from 2020 and then for many years to come.”
Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate 2018 : 96 / 100
“Sourced in grand cru vineyards and blending Pinot Noir with Chardonnay, Pol Roger’s 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill displays an intense straw-yellow/white-golden color and opens with a beautifully deep, fresh, concentrated and beautifully aromatic bouquet of perfectly ripe tropical fruits, refreshing lemons, very fine vanilla and brioche aromas. The attack on the palate is fresh and finessed, and in the following seconds, the 2008 reveals great airiness, precision, purity and intensity with a firm, persistent structure in the long, refreshing, perfectly balanced and mouthwateringly salty finish. The 2008 Winston Churchill is a highly complex yet focused and vitalizing prestige cuvée of great, great finesse, chalky expression and exciting elegance. It already drinks great but also indicates immense aging potential. It’s most likely one of the finest of this century and one of the greatest Churchills of modern times. Tasted from lot L82002894D in July 2018. Disgorgement date unknown. The wine will be released in the second half of this year.
While the 2009 Vintage Brut Rosé is already in the markets, the fabulous 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill will be released only later this year, most likely when the abnormal summer heat over Europe has cooled down again and the 2018 harvest has been brought in (probably earlier than ever before). The purity, finesse and elegance in combination with tropical but refreshing fruit aromas makes the 2008 Churchill not just a fascinating prestige cuvée but one of finest of modern times and a safe investment for lovers of really great Champagnes. 96 points. Drink 2018-2050.”