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Genevieve Blanc de Blancs MCC 2010

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"Giggle water."
“Giggle water.”

Yesterday Melissa Genevieve Nelsen, the personality behind Genevieve Méthode Cap Classique, hosted  a function to celebrate four years since launch on the property located on the Van der Stel Pass near Bot River from where she sources her Chardonnay.

The current-release 2010, 2009 and 2008 were served with a meal prepared by David Higgs of Five Hundred at The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg, recently announced as the Eat Out S. Pellegrino Chef of the Year, his bouche goats’ cheese with yellow beets, tarragon pickled almonds and grilled lettuce as a starter being particularly memorable.

Nelsen started out making her bubbly at Ross Gower Wines in Elgin but now makes it at Avondale in Paarl. Production has jumped from 5 000 bottles of the 2008 to 10 000 of 2010 so clearly she’s doing something right.

The 2010 (R165 a bottle) tasted/drank yesterday spent 33 months  on the lees (first batch disgorged after 24 months) and shows lemon and green apple plus a slight leesy quality. The acidity is suitably fresh but the bubble is perhaps not as energetic as it could be.

Score: 86/100.

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