Pierre Jourdan Belle Nectar, a non-vintage MCC, good with Dianne Bibby’s Vintage Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Buttercream…

Pierre Jourdan Belle Nectar

The Haute Cabrière Wine Estate, which produces the fine Pierre Jourdan range of Méthode Cape Classique Wines. Patriarch Achim von Arnim was an early producer of this style of wine in South Africa. Naming a Champagne style sparkling wine after first owner of the property, Pierre Jourdan is a great tradition in France. Takuan von Arnim the Cellarmaster on the Estate has added to the range with his Pierre Jourdan Belle Nectar – beautiful nectar. Some of the French Champagne houses are now producing a slightly sweeter style of wine for the more popular palate. In Africa, they are a great success, and no reason why this delicious wine should not be too.

Pinot Noir Grapes ripening on the vine

The Pierre Jourdan Belle Nectar is made in the classic style of a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine is 100% Pinot Noir.

Takuan von Arnim performs The Sabrage

From a classic Champagne shaped bottle, close with natural cork and the little wire muzzle. The label is a pretty pink, though classical Pierre Jourdan livery. In the glass, a glorious cherry blossom pink with a mass of the tiniest bubbles rushing helter skelter to the surface where is forms a little crown around the edges. Very impressive glass, with aromas of Turkish Delight, Rose Petals and fraises des bois, ready for now drinking.

Dianne Bibby’s Vintage Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Buttercream

Pierre Jourdan Belle Nectar should be served well chilled. It is crisp and refreshing with a lovely undertow of sweetness. It is the perfect mid-morning refresher; in fact, it would be great with breakfast with a lovely berry pastry and even Eggs Bearnaise. Dianne Bibby’s Vintage Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Buttercream at afternoon tea would be such fun with this fine bubbly. Click HERE for her recipe and to look through her wonderful website.

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