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Steenberg Lady R MCC 2010

The new “prestige cuvée” called Lady R 2010 from Steenberg from Constantia costs R395 a bottle, making it more expensive than most MCC but cheaper than Champagne – a bottle of Veuve Clicquot from retailer Makro is R449.95 while Louis Roederer Brut from Reciprocal will set you back R795 and Pol Roger Pure Brut Réserve […]

December 18, 2015
by Christian
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Louis Roederer Cristal 2007

Apparently Louis Roederer Cristal Champage was a favourite of the Russian Court in the late 19th century and the iconic clear bottle was developed in conjunction with glassware company Baccarat to allay fears of poisoning. This according to current export director Frédéric Heidsieck, who presented a tasting of the Brut Premier NV (R695 a bottle […]

November 17, 2015
by Christian
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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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