With the festive season nearly upon us, Winemag.co.za offices are receiving more bubbly samples than usual. We were particularly impressed by the new releases in the Jacques Bruére range of Cap Classique from Bon Courage in Robertson – stylish packaging and great quality relative to price.
Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve 2009
60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. 10% barrel fermented and then kept on the lees for some 36 months. Strawberry from the Pinot, citrus and peach from the Chardonnay but also some yeasty complexity. Rich and characterful on the palate – tangy acidity and a fine mousse. Pleasantly savoury finish.
Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc 2009
100% Chardonnay. 10% barrel fermented and then kept on the lees for 24 months. A hint of reduction but also citrus and blossom. Pure fruit, lively acidity and a fine mousse providing a creamy sensation in the mouth. Among the best to be had.
Jacques Bruére Cuveé Rosé Brut 2008
80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay. 10% barrel fermented and then kept on the lees for 48 months. Particularly forward on the nose showing wild strawberry, musk and forest floor on the nose. Rich with tangy acidity and a creamy mousse. Somewhat idiosyncratic.