I think Méthode Cap Classique is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success – a lot of half-baked examples as more and more producers seek to enter this enormously popular market segment. The Brut Reserve (R130) from Franschhoek cellar however is smart, however. A blend of 52% Pinot Noir and 48% Chardonnay, 10% of the blend is made of reserve wine from the previous vintage and 12% of the base wine is barrel fermented. It’s fresh and elegant with citrus and green apple flavours (surprisingly little red fruit given the amount of Pinot) and an ever so slight yeasty note. The mousse is fine and the acidity bright before a very long, dry finish. Score: 17/20.