The Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) or Cap Classique is the name given to sparkling wines produced in South Africa by the Traditional Method or Champenoise. In other words, sparkling wines made in the same way that Champagne is produced in France. The production of sparkling wines by the Traditional Method began in 1971 in South Africa. However, the appellation “Méthode Cap Classique” was only created in 1992, when the use of the term Champagne for sparkling wines produced outside the French Champagne region was prohibited.

Grape Varieties and Production Process

The main grape varieties used in the production of Cap Classique are the same as those used in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the latter in smaller quantities.

The production method, as previously stated, is the same as that used in Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta and other sparkling wines, in which the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. In MCC, the minimum aging time with the lees, which are the dead yeasts left over from the second fermentation, is 12 months. This ageing contributes to the complexity and creamy texture that are hallmarks of these sparkling wines.

The Méthode Cap Classique is a true South African gem. It offers a tasting experience that is both family-friendly and innovative. So the next time you’re looking for a sparkling wine to celebrate a special moment, consider an MCC. You won’t regret it!

Tasting Suggestion

Jacques Bruére Cap Classique Brut Reserve

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