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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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Zonnebloem Lauréat 2010

                  Distell are often pretty shameless when it comes to packaging. The Pongrácz bottle, for instance, closely resembles that of iconic Champagne Krug and the Desiderius Pongrácz that of Louis Roederer Cristal. Now the Zonnebloem flagship Lauréat label gets a make-over and where do the designers seek [...]

September 3, 2012
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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996 vs. Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1997

When Olive Hamilton Russell tweeted an image of herself with actress Lee-Anne Summers at Preston Haskell’s New Year Eve party in Fresnaye  last night, I had the briefest moment of regret that I’d turned down my invitation to attend. Eedes family tradition, however, is a multi-course meal with the best wines that can be mustered. [...]

January 1, 2012
by Christian
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Louis Roederer Cristal 2004

55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay. Five years on the lees, 8 months bottle maturation prior to release. Fine but ultra-energetic mousse. Citrus and hint of brioche on the nose. Very youthful on the palate with outstanding fruit expression – juicy and ripe. Bright acidity. Served with sustainably farmed Kaluga caviar at Steenberg Magna Carta 2009 [...]

March 1, 2011
by Christian
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