Champagne can be a complicated business. Sparkling wine can only be called champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France and it is made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Méthode Cap Classique (MCC), the South African version of champagne is made using the original, bottle fermented process used by the French, with every step of the process aside from the Champagne grown grapes, being the real deal. While some of South Africa’s locally made MCCs rival some of the best French champagnes Carrol Boyes Wines decided to up the ante of their wine collection with a true French champagne made in partnership with Charbaut, a three-generations-old French family vineyard, which was established in 1936 on the hillsides of Champagne country. The result is the divine Carrol Boyes Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs 2006.
This newly released champagne celebrates quality, style, excellence and authenticity and is a real gem in the South African market. While the champagne might be produced in France, this delicious sparkling wine is indeed still proudly South African at its core.
Made from 100 percent Chardonnay, this vintage is a celebration of the matured chardonnay grapes grown in the prestigious Grand and Premier Cru vineyards of Champagne and South African winemaking. Over the years South Africans have come to expect the very best in design from Carrol Boyes and the Carrol Boyes Wine collection follows on from this tradition of quality and excellence under the guidance of Barnardt Boyes.
Barnardt’s ability to turn ancient soils and fair climates into sumptuous wines with a rich sensory appeal is causing quite a stir in the SA wine industry but not content with excellence on home soil, Barnardt and Carrol Boyes Wines’ award-winning resident wine-maker, Hendrik Snyman turned their sights to Champagne.
Left for 11 years on the lees, to ensure an excellent balance between grape character and ageing, the Carrol Boyes Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs 2006 rivals some of the best champagnes on the market and will, of course, make for a memorable gift all year round. The delicately balanced, patiently matured champagne was produced in a limited edition of 1000 bottles, with the wine’s label being officially approved for release by the Committee of Champagne.
Carrol Boyes Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs 2006 is available to purchase online via the Carrol Boyes Wines website at R1,500 per bottle. Click here to find out more and to get your hands on one of the limited edition wines now.