Maiden Release Of The Le Lude Brut NV & Le Lude Rosé NV

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017
Le Lude
“Nowhere have I seen the sublime and the beautiful, the tame and the terrible so well arranged” wrote Sir John Barrow on a visit to the Franschhoek Valley during the British Occupation of the Cape in 1795-1803. With his forefather’s words in mind and a passion to create only the finest Cap Classique, Nic and Ferda Barrow set about buying a small farm in Franschhoek.

Over the past 5 years they planted grape varieties dedicated to making only the best Cap Classique. Le Lude’s first harvest took place in 2012.

Today their dream has come to fruition with the launch of the Le Lude Brut NV and Rosé NV. What a sparkling way to make a beginning.

These Cap Classiques are made by Paul Gerber. Originally a schoolteacher with a passion for mathematics. Paul left his job to study Oenology full-time at Stellenbosch University. Paul fell in love with bubbly and after several internships in Germany, Italy, Champagne and South Africa. Paul started working at Le Lude in 2011. He travels to Champagne every year to take part in new research and work alongside some of the finest Champenoise.

An exciting break from the typical Cape style of MCC wines is Le Lude’s use of the Agrafe cork during secondary fermentation.

The use of this cork reverts back to the traditional use of cork for the 2nd fermentation of Champagne and is still used today by many of the best Champagne houses including,
Bollinger and Veuve Clicquot.

Maturation on the cork imparts texture and aroma complexity to the wines that give a fuller more integrated profile.

The Le Lude Brut NV and Le Lude Rosé NV is the beginning of a range of Le Lude Cap Classiques, which are based on the traditional champenoise wine styles.

These wines will be available through leading wine retailers and restaurants.
The Brut will retail for approximately R190.00
The Rosé will retail for approximately R195.00