The festive season has finally arrived and most can say that 2017 has been a long year with its fair share of up and down. We have made it to December and there is plenty to celebrate.
On the first weekend of December, Franschhoek welcomed in the festive season in luxurious style with its annual Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. The Festival boasted a selection of 38 different Methode Cap Classique (MCC) and Champagne brands from both up-and-coming to established houses.
What is the difference between the two? Champagne is made in the Champagne region, and the term ‘Champagne’ is protected because of controlled regulations. Methode Cap Classic (MCC) is a process used in South Africa that determines that a sparkling wine was made in the style of Champagne. So, it’s the closest thing to a Champagne without actually calling it Champagne.
We have compiled the 5 best MCCs fit enough for a celebration so that you don’t have to.
Atelier Methode Cap Classique
Brand new to the scene, Atelier Methode Cap Classique is a black-owned (MCC) producer. The produce is made in the same fashion as the French Methode Champenoise, producing a fine mousse and a delightful finish.
Available from Woolies, the Villiera Brut MCC is elegant and fresh with hints of complexity and yeastiness, topped with a fine mousse finish. Made in the traditional sparkling wine process of second fermentation and yeast maturation in the bottle, this MCC carries a unique and lip-smackingly refreshing taste.
Graham Beck Brut Rose
Luscious red berry flavours from raspberries, cherries and strawberries ooze from Graham Beck’s Brut Rose. Though it’s described as a risk on the palate, because of its flavours, showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender, we think it’s pretty delicious and easy-drinking.
Laborie’s Méthode Cap Classique Brut shows a vibrant intensity, yet remains elegant and fine in style.With slight perfume and berry aromas, it is a balanced MCC, with a fine-textured mousse feel and a lingering, crisp finish.
Simonsig offers a range of original Methode Cap Classiques, but a stand out is their Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé. The pale salmon-coloured rosé reflects elegance and grace and the fresh fruit aromas from this MCC are perfect for the summer. It’s accompanied by a subtle crisp acidity perfecting the balance for a refreshing, dry finish.