Country: France, Champagne
Tasting Notes: A colour of brilliant critrine yellow infused with deeper gold, crowned by a delicate mousse of tiny bubbles, suggests both youth and concentration. The bouquet develops in progressive stages, opening with notes of the forest floor and leafy scents of moss and field mushrooms. As the wine warms slightly in the glass, the nose reveals fresher, acidic notes of citrus fruits and mint. And then a further range of scents: suave, vegetal notes of acacia, hawthorn, noisette and hazelnut. A champagne evocative of autumn!
In the mouth, a fine balance is established between a fresh acidity and the assertive young tannins which provide the "body" of the wine. This balance underscores a palate which is at once robust and fine. The structure is compact and muscular: the mouthfeel solid but in no way clumsy or overweight. These impressions are reinforced by an elegant length on the finish, reminiscent of the lingering complexity of a classic red wine. A champagne like a rich fabric in which to enfold the most sumptuous cuisine.
Varietal: Blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Pairing: In the context of gastronomy, the watchwords are: simplicity within complexity. The Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1998 is best suited to accompany dishes that are at once tender, mellow in texture and dominated by the flavours of field and forest: such as leg of lamb with rosemary or mint sauce, or coquilles Saint-Jacques (scallops) leading in to a minute steak dressed with olive oïl and black truffles, a tournedos grilled with morels, or even a simple "pot au feu" of foie gras with baby vegetables.