Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs 2007
By Christian Eedes, 24 December 2012
The stellar Villiera Monro Brut 2007 ( wine of show at this year’s Five Nations Wine Challenge, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013) contains not only 34% Pinot Noir but 15% Pinot Meunier in addition to 51% Chardonnay, but in most instances I’m not sure what the red varieties contribute to local bottle-fermented sparkling wine – there’s typically little red fruit character in evidence.
The 100% Chardonnay Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs 2007 from Bon Courage in Robertson, winner of the 2010 Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge, was mightily impressive yesterday – intense citrus and a hint of brioche, a relatively lazy mousse, driving acidity. Pure, focussed and still youthful. Score: 17/20.