What I Drank Last Night
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The great bubbly shoot-out

France 1st, SA, 2nd, SA 3rd.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED out last Friday: The festive season lends itself to drinking bubbles but which bubbles? If you opt for Méthode Cap Classique, there’s always the anxiety that you’re forfeiting quality for economy … [Read more...]

Jacquesson Cuvée No 733


Does non-vintage Champagne get better than this? A blend of 52% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir and 24% Pinot Meunier, this bottling comes mainly from the 2005 harvest but includes reserve wines from 2004 (16%) and 2001 (6%). Citrus and bread-like aromas … [Read more...]

Lallier Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Good and clean and fresh.

Yesterday the annual technical seminar of the Cap Classique Producers Association. Having recently encountered significant bottle variation among a couple of high-end examples of Cap Classique while tasting for Platter’s , it was some sort of comfort … [Read more...]

Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut 1995

Good with porkers.

Mum’s birthday yesterday so Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut 1995 from magnum with cocktail sausages from the Super Meat Market in Main Road, Kenilworth. The nose showed a pronounced biscuit character and those … [Read more...]

Groote Post The Old Man’s Sparkle Brut NV

How Mer-lot can you go?

Groote Post The Old Man’s Sparkle Brut NV is a rosé although there is little to indicate this from the packaging. Once in the glass, it shows intense red fruit, an energetic mousse and somewhat tart acidity. Pleasant enough but lacking nuance.  It’s … [Read more...]

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle 1990


Mèthode Cap Classique can’t be compared to Champagne – the climatic conditions which apply in the areas where the respective sparkling wines originate are just too different. Up to a point, I buy this argument but a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Grand … [Read more...]