A right royal love affair – global glitterati go gaga for Graham Beck bubbles

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For immediate release                                                                                18 June 2013

A right royal love affair – global glitterati go gaga for Graham Beck bubbles

The next time you’re raising a glass of Graham Beck Cap Classique be assured you’re in good company! It remains the bubbly of choice for global icons celebrating admirable achievements and memorable milestones. Most recently the Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2008 was served as part of the lavish wedding banquet of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, proving yet again that this is indeed the fizz with five-star flair.

From Madiba magic to Obama mania – Graham Beck Brut has been selected to toast some of history’s most defining moments. In 1994 it was chosen as the celebratory drink at the inauguration of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. Following in Tata’s hallowed footsteps, In August 2008, Barack Obama was declared nominee of the Democratic Party for the presidential election. His wife, Michelle, selected Graham Beck Brut NV to celebrate his nomination at a private function at their Chicago home on the eve of his nomination.

Not only the sip of choice for statesmen, Graham Beck also finds favour with one of the world’s leading super-spies. In the latest James Bond bestseller, author Jeffery Deaver has the dashing daredevil forgo his famous martini for a glass of Cuveé Clive, the estate’s flagship bubbly. From international men of mystery to the UK’s First Family – once again Graham Beck stole the limelight when Britain’s Prince Harry and his guests also enjoyed Graham Beck Brut at a recent fund raising Gala Dinner in Johannesburg to toast the success of the Prince’s Sentebale charity initiative.

Nobody can resist a royal wedding and the world was treated once again to a fairytale ceremony when Sweden’s Princess Madeleine married her prince charming on the 8th of June 2013. For the sumptuous wedding feast King Carl Gustav himself selected none other than the Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2008 to accompany the delicious gourmet delicacies. This latest feather in the cap for the passionate winemaking team at Graham Beck proves yet again that these internationally renowned bubblies are indisputably on par with the iconic French Champagne houses.

The Blanc de Blancs forms part of the exclusive range of expertly crafted Graham Beck MCC’s – superior quality sparkling wines produced in the age-old tradition, utilizing cutting edge techniques which result in wines with supreme finesse, consummate elegance and infinite appeal.

Produced from 100% Chardonnay, this delicious and versatile bubbly combines rich creamy aromas with hints of fresh lime on the nose. On the palate you can expect an exhilarating yet fine mousse with an explosion of juicy tangerines. Great brioche and yeast complexity broadens the palate leading to a long, elegant finish.

The fruit for this wine was hand selected from the limestone vineyards on Graham Beck’s Robertson estate. These vines benefit from the high natural lime content in the soil, which ensures a low pH and high natural acidity in the young base wines. Once in the state-of-the-art Méthode Cap Classique cellar whole bunch pressing ensures an even finer bubble.

Only the cuvée juice (premium quality juice) is selected for fermentation. Of the cuvée, 50% is fermented in specific Piece Champenoise 205 litre barrels to ensure richness and an extra dimension of flavour and creaminess. After fermentation the wine in barrel is selectively blended with other parcels of the very best stainless steel fermented Chardonnay. The final blended base wine is then bottled for the second fermentation with yeast contact of at least 36 months before degorgement. The Blanc de Blancs remains an undisputed favourite, a darling amongst the legion of Graham Beck bubbly fans and testimony to the outstanding Cap Classique terroir characteristics of the Robertson estate.

So, it appears then that princes, princesses and presidents all agree that Graham Beck MCC is indeed the bubbly to beat when it comes to toasting the good life and commemorating life’s most cherished highlights.

For more information on the Blanc de Blancs, or any of the other award winning Cap Classiques in the Graham Beck MCC portfolio, contact the Robertson estate on 023 626 1214 or the Franschhoek office on 021 874 1258, email market@grahambeckwines.co.za or visit www.grahambeckwines.com

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