Yesterday the announcement that Kayetan Meissner, sommelier at Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl had won the third annual Bollinger Exceptional Wine Services Award, the other two finalists having been Xolani Mancotywa, sommelier at the Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg and Barry Scholfield, assistant sommelier at Rust en Vrede Restaurant in Stellenbosch. [...]
Last night, a party to celebrate my mum Anthea’s 70th birthday. For those who are curious, the wines were as follows: Laurent-Perrier Brut N/V Alexanderfontein Chip Off the Old Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (among the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards Top 10 2013 winners) Botanica Chenin Blanc 2011 (5 Stars in Platter’s 2013) Kloof Street Swartland [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Harold Eedes, my late dad, would have turned 66 on Friday. In his memory, a magnum of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle “La Cuvée” NV. Grand Siècle refers to the 17th century when Louis XIV ruled and a period of great prosperity for France. A bit of Internet research reveals that the wine is approximately half Chardonnay [...]
At R458 a bottle from Cape Town boutique wine store Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P is not the kind of stuff that a self-employed wine writer cracks open all the time. But I’ve been tasting bubbly all week (see previous posts here and here), and find myself fixated. Besides, it was a mate’s [...]
Laurent-Perrier Brut 1990 out of magnum. The occasion? A drinks party to celebrate my sister Jane’s engagement to Greg Hansen. ‘Nuff said.