Blanc de Blancs Méthode Cap Classique is hot right now with the release of 3 exciting new cuvées. Graham Beck’s prestigious 2014 Cuvée Clive was the highest-rated sparkling wine in…

Blanc de Blancs Méthode Cap Classique is hot right now with the release of 3 exciting new cuvées. Graham Beck’s prestigious 2014 Cuvée Clive was the highest-rated sparkling wine in the 2019 Tim Atkin SA Report with 96 points and comments on its ‘combination of restraint and understated power’.

Long-term winemaker Pieter Ferreira has also released his first own-label MCC – a 2012 Blanc de Blancs. Christian Eedes reckons it’s ‘categorically the best bottle-fermented sparkling wine I’ve ever drunk from South Africa’. It shows beautiful depth and complexity and reminds one of serious white Burgundy.

Paul Gerber, another extraordinary sparkling winemaker, recently became Cellarmaster of Colmant and we can expect even more quality from this specialist producer. Paul was just in time to disgorge the latest non-vintage Brut Chardonnay and win the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge, again! It has now won ‘Best Blanc de Blancs’ title 5 times out of the 6 years it has entered.

Benchmark these against our favourite Blanc de Blancs Champagne from the home of sparkling Chardonnay. Frankly, the Grand Cru Brut from the co-operative in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger can’t be beaten for value; assisted today with a special 10% discount.

Tasting notes:

Graham Beck, Cuvée Clive 2014
Like the 2012 release – there was no 2013 – the latest release of Cuvée Clive is a Blanc de Blancs, made with Chardonnay from (mostly) Robertson and Darling. It’s the latest in a series of stunning bubblies, with 100% barrel fermentation of the base wine, a toasty, tangy palate, some brioche and cashew and a combination of restraint and understated power. 2019-29. – Tim Atkin MW, 96/100

Pieter Ferreira, Blanc de Blancs 2012
This is categorically the best bottle-fermented sparkling wine I’ve ever drunk from South Africa and given who it’s made by, it comes as no surprise. Pieter Ferreira, after starting his career at Haute Cabrière and then becoming a long-serving key player at Graham Beck, now also has his own label. Grapes from Darling and Robertson, lees contact lasted five years. Yellow-green in colour, the nose is captivating with green apple and lemon, some smoky reduction that totally suits the wine plus some brioche and ginger. The palate – pure fruit, fresh acidity, fine mousse and a very long finish. Intensely flavoured and properly complex. Dry but not excessively austere. So, so precise. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

Colmant, Brut Chardonnay NV
Assured & beautifully crafted Blanc de Blancs dry sparkler, latest NV with increased oaked portion (34%), reserve-wine component (14.5%) & time on lees (48 months) over previous, creating a perfect foil for the ethereal, delicate mousse & bouquet. – Platter’s Guide 2019, 93/100

Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV
Lightly chalky, with hints of pastry, poached pear and candied lemon zest running through. Offers a firm bead and a mouth-watering finish. – Wine Spectator, 90/100

 

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