While there’s plenty of mediocre Cap Classique about (technically flawed examples sell anyway because everyone loves bubbles), the best examples are more or less the match of the non-vintage offerings of the bigger Champagne houses.
Right now The Green Man 2010 from Silverthorn is as good as it gets. Rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s, I was prompted to get a bottle recently from Liquor City Claremont (R169.99 a bottle) to drink at leisure.
From Robertson Chardonnay, a small portion was barrel fermented and then spent a minimum of 28 months on the lees (the sample submitted for Platter’s disgorged after 32 months).
Green apple, citrus and subtle brioche. Layers of subtle flavour, a super-fine mousse and really crisp acidity lending the wine a lovely clean quality – not at all sour as MCC can be. Bone-dry on the finish. Wonderful purity and poise but perhaps lacking that detail and extra savoury complexity that marks great Champagne.