Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2017
By Christian Eedes, 17 January 2020
With the current-release 2017 selling for around R185 a bottle and total production mooted to be 1.5 million bottles, the Cape Bordeaux red blend that is Classique from Rupert & Rothschild, the partnership between South Africa’s wealthy Rupert family and French banker and businessman Benjamin de Rothschild, demonstrates that it is not entirely impossible to make premium wine on a large scale in South Africa.
Is a triumph of branding over intrinsics, however? The 2017, I’m happy to report, is a classy and eminently drinkable affair. Merlot-driven, the nose shows red fruit, some floral fragrance plus the merest hint of fresh herbs and oak spice while the palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins, the oak very well judged. Not exactly thrilling or profound but it certainly won’t disgrace your dinner table.
CE’s rating: 89/100.
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