Charles Fox Brut 2010
By Christian Eedes, 18 December 2012
Predictably it’s Moët being drunk at Mangaung (see here) but there’s some smart new Cap Classique around for those of us less well connected.
Charles Fox Brut 2010: 16.5/20
Approximate retail price: R215
40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier. 24 months on the lees. From a new Elgin producer, this shows citrus and green apple plus a subtle and entirely pleasant aldehydic character. Very fine, creamy mousse and tangy acidity. Carefully assembled.
Plaisir de Merle Grand Brut 2010: 16/20
63% Pinot Noir from Stellenbosch, 37% Chardonnay from Paarl. 24 months on the lees. A light and pretty bubbly with a very fine mousse and well integrated acidity. Flavours of apple, pear and white peach – surprisingly little red fruit character.
Longridge Brut 2008: 16/20
82% Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, 18% Pinot Noir from Elgin. 42 months on the lees. Very vigorous mousse. Overtly yeasty on the nose. Rich and creamy with pronounced honey note, soft acidity.