The 2004 Brut Vintage from Champagne Pol Roger is made from the traditional house vintage blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from 20 Grands and Premiers crus vineyards in the “Montagne de Reims” and the “Côte des Blancs”. Produced only in limited quantities the Brut Vintage 2004 has been aged for 8 years in our cellars before being disgorged and released onto the market.
Drawing comparisons with the 1998 Vintage Brut, the 2004 is more mineral, precise and taut and like the 1998 will continue to blossom in bottle, developing weight and richness.
Champagne Pol Roger was founded in 1849 and now owns 87 hectares of vineyards on prime sites in the Vallée d'Epernay and on the Côte des Blancs. Its cellars run for 7km and are on three levels, the deepest known as the ‘cave de prise de mousse' at 33m below street level. As the name suggests this is where the wine undergoes its secondary fermentation in bottle. The fact that this deep cellar is at 9o or less, rather than a normal cellar temperature of 11-12o, thus prolonging this fermentation, is one contributing factor to the quality and particular style of the wines and their famously fine bubbles.
The wine displays a very attractive pale straw colour. The nose is mineral and elegant with complex aromas of white flowers, quince and subtle brioche overtones. On the palate the wine is intense yet retains a sense of delicacy with balanced notes of stone fruits, acacia honey and citrus, underpinned by a fine thread of acidity. Excellent freshness and persistence, with ample concentration and richness to develop over the next 3-7 years.
60% PN, 40% C. Dosage 9g/l, TA 7.1 g/l
This is quite pale still, no signs of age. the nose is quite muted, with some fresh green fruit and a touch of fresh dough mixture. The palate has good power, plenty of richness, but still with good tension and the finish is impressive, long and linear. There is a good spicy extract at the back of the palate. Could do with another years bottle age but certainly enjoyable now.
Tasted blind. Relatively pale gold. Plenty of toast and brioche on the nose, certainly smells more mature than the first two wines (2000 from bottle and magnum). Some seductive orange peel on the nose, like fougasse with orange flower water. So fragrant. On the palate you can feel the Pinot tannins. The mousse is still lively. Impressive length. Not as intense as some, but quite broad on the palate. I thought this was older than it is, perhaps the 1999 in bottle.
An intense golden-yellow color dresses the Pol Roger prestige cuvée 2004 Sir Winston Churchill, which opens with a clear, deep, dense, ripe, fresh, pure and elegant bouquet of matured apples, apricots and lemon flavors along with exciting spicy flavors. Although this Brut is already more than 11-years-old, it is dew-fresh and still developing--slowly. This Champagne is highly complex and well structured on the palate, with grapefruit flavors; it is a full-bodied and intense, yet very firm, persistent, fresh and very elegant assemblage of unnamed Grand Cru Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. It reveals a very long and complex, powerful but stimulating finish, and obviously, an eternal youth. The finish is powerful and stringent, and reveals a great, great aging potential. The wine is somewhat restrained and too compact at the moment though, and should benefit from a longer bottle aging.
The flagship 2004 Brut Sir Winston Churchill is creamy, ample and highly expressive, but it is also a bit more forward than I expected for the vintage. Apricot jam, honey, spice, smoke, brioche and lovely hints of toastiness all add to the wine's considerable appeal, while there is no shortage of density or volume. All that said, the wine's balance is not as fine as I had hoped it would be. Perhaps a bit more time in bottle will do the trick. To be sure, the 2004 Churchill is more advanced than most other tête de cuvées in this vintage.
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