Hold on to your glasses, folks – South Africa’s oldest and most highly prized wine is now available for the first time. Exclusive to Wine Cellar, this is a once-in-a-lifetime buy for any collector.
Jaubert Family Muscat circa 1800 is a single 115-litre barrel that has been in the possession of the Joubert family for over 200 years. The barrel is topped roughly every 5 years as the angels take their share, though Cobus Joubert, the current custodian, says there were periods when it wasn’t topped for 25 years, adding to its unique style and incredible stability. The barrel is not topped fully, continuing the tradition of slow oxidation and leading to a partial Solera style, and only the best Muscat is sourced from Barrydale for the topping wine. It has not been fortified, or at least not in the last century! The residual sugar is around 360g/litre and it has a 10.5% alcohol level.
Neal Martin tasted a bottle in 2011 and awarded it 99 points, the highest score ever for a South African wine. Read Martin’s note on this ethereal wine below, and view my detailed write-up here.
There are just two 275ml bottles available and the purchaser will be invited to the Barrydale Joubert-Tradauw cellar to witness the bottling of this historical wine. It is currently in the process of being certified by SAWIS, a lengthy exercise considering its unique style.
Considering its rarity and the prices fetched by wines of a similar age around the world, this is certainly a worthy investment. Please let me know of your interest by emailing Roland@winecellar.co.za.
275ml Jaubert Family Muscat in a single-bottle gift box
Bottled from a single 115-litre barrel circa 1800
A5 copy of the label for the purchaser’s cellar
Personal letter from the Joubert Family with the bottling date and pictures of the bottling
R50,000 per bottle
Only 2 available – exclusive to Wine Cellar