Pierre Jourdan Cap Classiques turn every day into a special occasion

Date posted:
September 28, 2011

Haute Cabrière - acclaimed producers of the Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique range – recognise that more and more people are no longer limiting their enjoyment of MCC to special occasions. Their most popular sparkling wines – the Pierre Jourdan Brut and the Cuvée Belle Rose - are increasingly relished everyday as aperitifs and sundowners as well as making enjoyable partners with a meal, turning any day into a special occasion.

With summer and the festive season just around the corner, Haute Cabrière has released the latest Pierre Jourdan Brut into the market. The wine has spent at least 24 months with the yeast in the bottle before being disgorged because, as PR manager Hildegard von Arnim explains: “We have now extended our Pierre Jourdan cellar in Franschhoek and are able to mature all our MCCs longer to allow them to develop extra richness and yeastiness. I think that customers are going to be delighted with the extra taste-dimension in our Pierre Jourdan range.”

In addition to the normal 750ml bottle, Haute Cabrière is releasing the Pierre Jourdan Brut in half bottles (375ml) to the public. The half bottle is perfect for people who want to start a meal or an evening with just one glass of bubbles before moving on to a bottle of  wine, and Hildegard believes that this flexibility will prove very popular this summer. For grander occasions or bigger parties, the wine also comes in a Magnum (1.5?).

The delightfully summery Cuvée Belle Rose is the second most-popular style in the range and is the perfect partner to the Brut. Produced solely from pinot noir grapes which give it a delicate salmon-pink colour, this is Hildegard’s wine of choice when it comes to practising the family tradition of sabrage – opening the bottle with a sabre in the manner of French cavalrymen. Packed with strawberry and redcurrant flavours, it’s a wonderful wine to enjoy with a simply-grilled Franschhoek trout supper or sumptuous scallops on that special occasion

As well as the perennially-popular Pierre Jourdan Brut and Cuvée Belle Rose, Haute Cabrière produces three other Cap Classiques. The flagship MCC is the Cuvée Reserve which is currently 100% chardonnay, although in previous years it has been a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir. Cellarmasters Achim von Arnim and son Takuan select the very best cuvées of base wine after the first fermentation and keep them in barrels for up to 5 months before blending and bottling for the second fermentation. The Cuvée Reserve is then left to mature with the yeast in the bottle for a minimum of 60 months. This is a rich, yeasty wine with plenty of yellow fruit character and a persistent mousse, and Takuan recommends this, his favourite Pierre Jourdan, to start a great meal.

The Brut Sauvage NV is a particularly popular style in summer because of its bone-dry crispness and almost savoury, salty edge. Produced without adding any sweet wine as a ‘dosage’, this is the purest and most natural style of Cap Classique and is especially good as a partner for oysters and other seafood. The Blanc de Blancs, 100% chardonnay, comes from the 2008 vintage (although also labelled as NV). Achim reveals that his favourite way to enjoy the rich fruit of the Blanc de Blancs is after a meal with a light creamy dessert such as a crème brulée.

There was a time when champagne was only drunk in South Africa on special occasions or to raise a toast at a wedding. In France, however, champagne has always been a welcoming drink as the lively bubbles put people in a happy mood, dispel stress or tiredness and guarantee a successful gathering of friends at any occasion. With the festive season just round the corner, whether as an aperitif or after-dinner palate-cleanser, with food or on its own, shared whilst out with friends or sipped alone on a quiet evening in, the Pierre Jourdan MCCs can be enjoyed at any time and on any day, turning each time a bottle is opened into a special occasion and celebration of life. 

Haute Cabrière’s Tasting Room and Restaurant are both situated on Franschhoek Pass (Lamprecht Street), Franschhoek. Contact details for reservations and enquiries: Email reservations@cabriere.co.za or call 021 876 8500. 

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