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Charles Fox Cuvée Elgin Vintage Brut Rose Méthode Cap Classique
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Charles Fox Cuvée Elgin Vintage Brut Rose Méthode Cap Classique 2012

South AfricaCharles and Zelda Fox purchased Elgin's Furneaux Farms in 2005, founding Charles Fox MCC, a sparkling house. They own and organically farm six hectares of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, the latter lesser seen in RSA. This blend of 50 percent pinot noir, met with equal parts chardonnay and pinot meunier, pits assertive red fruitiness to ample toasty dough, to brilliant results. It's easy to get lopsided with very fruity, or very oxidative styles, but when the two forces meet = balance. This spent three years on the lees, and is disgorged in batches of 2000 bottles to ensure freshness. That atypical meeting of two big forces is achieved here, in a self-assured style, with generous wild strawberry, juicy raspberry, smoked stone, rich hazelnuts, dough on an expansive palate, one with a glint of age. Acidity is striking and the finish lingers with a hum. This shows the seriousness of MCC, a relatively new category to our market; listen up.Tasted: 28 February 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 46.99 private wine shops Producer: Charles FoxDistributors: Cru & Terroir
Blend: Pinot Meunier - Pinot Noir - ChardonnayCSPC: 021645UPC: 6009900180052