By now most Capetonians are familiar with the bubbly tastings at The House of J.C. Le Roux in Stellenbosch. Their range of bubbly tastings are crazy popular and are almost always fully booked on weekends. Yup, there’s no doubt about it; we love J.C. Le Roux’s incredible range of sparkling wines. But did you know that J.C. Le Roux also has six Méthode Cap Classiques (that’s the other name for champagne by the way) in their range? I didn’t! That’s like a whole new world of bubblies to experience. I was introduced to this new world of J.C. Le Roux Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC) at the new, and exclusive J.C. Le Roux MCC tasting experience and was blow away. Here’s why you need to try this new tasting experience as soon as possible!
The new tasting experience has been designed especially for the more serious bubbly lover. If you’ve tried all sorts of sparkling wines and MCCs and want to try something new then this new addition to the J.C. Le Roux repertoire is for you. The fabulous experience is hosted in the stylish, new Méthode Cap Classique lounge at The House of J.C. Le Roux in Stellenbosch and is must-try for special occasions, smaller corporate team building and client events. The tastings are run by your own private tasting guide and you spend a good 2 hours sampling six of their finest bubblies with your guide taking you through each one, one bubbly at a time.
We had a group of 5 when we went for our tasting but the room can take up 10-12 people. It’s a truly intimate tasting experience and I loved having our very own tasting guide to take us through each bubbly. The room the tasting takes place in is also really beautiful – think comfy couches, an elegant dinning table, and stunning views of the vineyards outside. During the tasting we sampled the entire MCC range which includes a variety of bubblies ranging from the delightfully crisp and deliciously dry to the more palate friendly ‘sweet’ varieties. Our tasting guide told us that J.C Le Roux’s MCCs are purposely a little bit ‘sweeter’ than most because they were designed to suit the South African palate. The dry MCCs in the range are wonderfully easy drinking yet not sweet at all and the sweeter bubblies are just the right amount of sweet without being too much to enjoy glass after glass.
Because the range is so wide there’s bound to be something to suit every taste. The ultra-sophisticated flagship, Scintilla 2008, is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The demi-sec J.C. Le Roux La Vallée is a firm favourite of bubbly lovers who enjoy a slightly off-dry taste, without it being too sweet for people with a dryer palate. Its blushing counterpart, La Vallée Rosé, is equally enticing and was one of my favourites in the range. I also loved the La Vallée.
During the tasting you will also learn all sorts of things about MCCs such as what makes MCC different from other bubblies (MCCs are crafted in the same way as French champagnes but only the French version may be called champagne) and you also get the chance to learn about sabrage (a ceremonial technique to release the cork with a sabre, attributed to Napoleon’s officers according to legend). We also got the chance to try the sabrage for ourselves which was an incredible experience.
The new Méthode Cape Classique experience costs R100 per person and is available Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 14:00. Bookings for the experience can be made through Webtickets. For more information on the tasting experience visit the J.C. le Roux website or say Hi to J.C. Le Roux on Facebook.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.