Brunch today at The House of J.C. Le Roux to mark the launch of the cellar’s Brut Non-vintage. A jazz quartet serenaded us while we dined and having got a good few glasses of the recently released and rather good Pinot Noir 2008 down my throat before we were even seated, I hoped they might break into “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse but no luck.
J.C. Le Roux winemaker Elunda Basson has come up with a pretty clever entry-level bubbly in the form of the Brut N/V, it consisting of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay and having spent 18 months on the lees. With plenty of up-front fruit and not too much yeasty aromas or flavours, it’s the perfect vehicle for those punters wishing to graduate from J.C. Le Roux’s carbonated stuff to proper bottle fermented sparkling. Initial production was 50 000 litres and price from the tasting room is R68 a bottle.