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Comtesse Alexia Rosé Champagne

Call me sentimental but I can’t help drinking pink Champagne with my sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Woolies came up trumps this year – Comtesse Alexia Rosé Champagne from Alexandre Bonnet. Price per bottle: R349.95. Coral pink in colour. Raspberry, some Pinot Noir earthiness and a hint of reduction on the nose. Really intense on the [...]

February 14, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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The great bubbly shoot-out

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 while if you choose Champagne, then there’s the suspicion that you’re paying for extrinsics rather than [...]

December 10, 2012
by Christian
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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 and flavours, riveting acidity and a very fine, persistent mousse. Quite lean but that’s [...]

December 2, 2012
by Christian
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Lallier Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

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 that this is just as much of a problem for the Champenois. How to explain this “heterogeneity” between [...]

July 26, 2012
by Christian
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Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut 1995

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 hard-to-describe savoury notes that come with bottle age but the palate was sensational: citrus, green apple, a touch of brioche, [...]

October 18, 2011
by Christian
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Groote Post The Old Man’s Sparkle Brut NV

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 a proper bottle-fermented sparkling wine but breaks with convention in that it [...]

August 15, 2011
by Christian
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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 Siècle 1990 on Saturday night proved a useful exercise in calibration before reviewing a [...]

August 8, 2011
by Christian
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Champagne Mailly Les Échansons 1999

The MCC Technical Seminar was held yesterday at the Graham and Rhona Beck Skills Centre, proceedings culminating in a tutored tasting of Champagne Mailly Grand Cru by chef de cave Hervé Dantan. The Mailly vineyards are situated around the village of Mailly Champagne, one of only 17 villages to hold the highest classification Grand Cru [...]

July 22, 2010
by Christian
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