Le Lude

Franschhoek

The Le Lude Estate specializes in crafting exceptional Cap Classique wines and is the fruition of a dream to create a range of remarkable wines representing a signature style of bubbly that is fresh, expressive, and sophisticated.  For this quest, Le Lude carefully selects vineyards that express unique terroir characteristics, using only the finest cuvées, and allows the wines to mature for a minimum of 36-months to develop full character.

Le Lude one of the world’s most exciting new producers of Cap Classique, which is a complex creation, demanding blending the finest cuvées made from grapes grown on specific terroirs and sites.  Each allows an expression of uniqueness and individuality in fruit quality and wine structure.  To ensure the cellarmaster has the correct palette to practice his craft, Le Lude has planted vineyards on a selection of diverse terroirs and sources grapes from sites best suited to optimum fruit character.

What Is Méthode Cap Classique?

South Africa’s own and unique interpretation of the Champagne-style of winemaking, the first Cap Classique was produced in 1971.  The name implies a natural sparkling wine, wine bottle-fermented in the age-old European tradition to develop the magical sparkle in each bottle.

Brut NV

Elegant citrus blossoms with fresh lime aromas. Secondary aromas of nougat, roasted nuts, and hints of proving dough. Bright, fresh and elegant palate entry. Aromas of grapefruit, ripe lemon, and pear forms a structured mid-palate. The mousse shows finesse and texture with a restrained presence. It develops delicately on the palate with a fine tertiary flavors of caramelized honey, vanilla, and dried fig. Cultivars: Chardonnay 91% and Pinot Noir 9%

Brut Rose NV

Wild rose and raspberry aromas provide a delicate profile to the wine which is followed by soft hints of candy floss and strawberry sherbet. This wine has a soft hue of the peach morganite precious stone. The palate opens with a voluptuous texture supported by elegant acidity. Fresh red berries and wild plum flavors are complimented by lingering notes of pomegranate. The length and richness of the palate develops a complexity with a soft, underspoken minerality. Cultivars: Chardonnay 68% and Pinot Noir 32%

Venus Brut Nature Millesime 2014

Named after the most beautiful and desirable goddess of all Roman deities. A symbol of perfection, finesse, and allure. Aromas of baked white pear and hints of fresh ocean spray. On the palate flavors of frangipane are complimented by a lingering crisp minerality. A soft and delicate velvet mouthfeel from careful sur lie maturation carries the balance of this dry wine. Pairs beautifully with fresh oysters, salmon sashimi, classic French steamed mussels, as well as rich, decadent dishes such as Gruyere souffle.

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