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Clos Malverne MCC Ellie 2011

Silliness inducing.

“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 … [Read more...]

Laborie Blanc de Blancs 2008

Run of the mill.

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 … [Read more...]

The great bubbly shoot-out

France 1st, SA, 2nd, SA 3rd.

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 … [Read more...]

Colmant Brut Reserve

Let's get fizz-ical.

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 … [Read more...]

J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2003

Get fresh.

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]