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Charles Fox Cipher Brut 2011

Another prestige cuvée Méthode Cap Classique, this time from Elgin producer Charles Fox. Called Cipher, it’s a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, it spent 42 months on the lees and costs R450 a bottle. It’s a somewhat peculiar offering with a pronounced apple character – both yellow and red – plus a [...]

March 11, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Boschendal Jean Le Long Blanc de Blancs 2007

The Jean Le Long Blanc de Blancs 2007 is the “prestige cuvee” in Boschendal’s Méthode Cap Classique range selling for R450 a bottle. 100% Chardonnay, five years on the lees before disgorgement and a further year on the cork before release. It’s a dramatic stuff. Ripe citrus, brioche and even a little bee’s wax – [...]

February 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Clos Malverne MCC Ellie 2011

“White makes you think of silly things, red wine makes you talk of silly things but bubbly makes you do silly things,” says Suzanne Coetzee, winemaker at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch. Nothing too silly happened at the launch of the first ever Clos Malverne Méthode Cap Classique. Called Ellie in honour of the mother of [...]

November 22, 2013
by Christian
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Laborie Blanc de Blancs 2008

The rivalry that has sprung up between producer-wholesalers Distell and KWV in recent times has been fascinating to observe and in most cases the two run each other close. However, the latest batch of Méthode Cap Classique from KWV-owned Laborie are some distance off the best Distell is doing under the JC Le Roux and [...]

January 14, 2013
by Christian
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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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Colmant Brut Reserve

I think Méthode Cap Classique is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success – a lot of half-baked examples as more and more producers seek to enter this enormously popular market segment. The Brut Reserve (R130) from Franschhoek cellar however is smart, however. A blend of 52% Pinot Noir and 48% Chardonnay, [...]

October 4, 2012
by Christian
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J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2003

You might expect a Méthode Cap Classique which has spent seven years on the lees to be particularly rich and aldehydic, but though this aging regime applies to the recently released Scintilla 2003 from The House of J.C. Le Roux in Stellenbosch, it is rather lean and austere (R150 a bottle). A blend of 75% [...]

July 9, 2012
by Christian
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Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005

Yesterday the launch of Brut Zero 2005, a new addition to the Graham Beck Méthode Cap Classique range and one of the few non-dosage bubblies in the country (not the first as I originally posted – see comments below). Cellar price: R205 a bottle. For those unfamiliar with the term, dosage involves the addition of [...]

October 13, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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