90 Tim Atkin MW 2021
Part of a good range of value-for-money bubblies from Boschendal, this is a yeasty, creamy, well-balanced assemblage of Chardonnay and 44% Pinot Noir, with good focus and texture and nine grams of dosage to balance the acidity. 2021-24
87 pts Vinous Nov 2021
The NV Brut has a crisp, cooking apple and beeswax nose that gains intensity in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity to match what is quite a rich MCC and keep it on an even keel. Creamy in texture on the finish. Fine. 2021-2025
Chardonnay 56%; Pinot Noir 44%
The long labour of love that is the making of this premium MCC begins with a whole-bunch press in separate lots to
capture all the grapes’ natural flavours. Only the finest freerun juice was used for fermentation. Upon completion, the tank was filled and left on the primary lees until blending for extra flavour and dimension. The final blend of the base wine was then stabilized and filtered. The sugar level of the wine was adjusted to 24 g/l followed by the addition of the ‘liqueur de tirage’ (yeast) for the second fermentation in the
bottle where the magic of the MCC bubble transpires. This resulted in the mesmerizing fine mousse that our Méthode Cap Classique is so well known for. A minimum of 12 months maturation on the lees in the bottle followed to build extra complexity and character before release.
Pale gold with a flourish of delicate bubbles and enticing lemon cream and almond Biscotti precede lovely layers of citrus and a finish with appealing length and freshness. Maturation on the lees provides a well-rounded, creamy mouth-feel with mouthwatering minerality, good balance and a seamless finish. Enjoy well chilled as on its own or as the perfect partner for panko-crusted prawns with lemon-garlic aioli, gourmet mac and cheese with parmesan and pancetta or fresh oysters.