Champagne is great, but so is South Africa's Méthode Cap Classique (MCC).
The preeminent Franschhoek wine farm, Le Lude has received the highest points to date for a South African Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) in London.
Le Lude, established in 2011 by Nic and Ferda Barrow with the aim of making premium quality bubbly from classic Champagne varieties, specialises in crafting naturally bottle-fermented sparkling wines known as Méthode Cap Classique in South Africa.
Judges at what is the world’s largest and most influential wine competition, awarded Le Lude’s maiden vintage, the 2012 Vintage Cuvée with 97 points – a platinum award, the highest accolade yet to be bestowed upon a South African MCC.
The wine, made with 83% chardonnay and 17% pinot noir grapes, were whole bunch pressed with only the cuvee – highest quality free run juice – used in the Vintage blend. It was matured on the lees for 56 months. Only 2361 bottles were released, of which just 60 remain available at the Le Lude tasting room.