The Krone R.D. 2001: an MCC that’s spent 15 years on the lees

The term R.D. means Recently Disgorged, and is the traditional method of selecting an outstanding vintage Champagne or Méthode Cap Classique and allowing it many years of maturation on the lees so lending richness, power and weight before disgorgement.

The Krone R.D. 2001 spent 15 years on the lees before disgorgement was carried out and a low dosage added. The result is a rare vintage Méthode Cap Classique offering great concentration coupled with vibrancy, which ensures that this fine MCC can to be enjoyed on release or after further ageing.

This unique MCC spent 15 years in the cool underground cellar at Twee Jonge Gezellen before disgorgement took place.

Winemaker Stephan de Beer says…

What effect does RD have on style?

The long time on the lees improves the quality of the wine, lending complexity. Plus as the wine has been recently disgorged, it’s also fresher than a wine that has been aged on cork.

Can you explain the process of disgorgement?

Disgorgement is the key process in the traditional method of sparkling wine production. It involves the removal of the frozen lees in the neck of the inverted bottle, at the conclusion of the ageing process.

What role does dosage play?

Dosage adds sweetness, complexity and mouthfeel to the wine.

Why 15 years on the lees – what makes that amount of years special?

It doesn’t necessarily have to be aged for 15 years. We taste and test these reserved wines on an annual basis and determine when the wine is at its optimum to disgorge and release.

Your favourite food pairing with the Krone R.D. 2001?

Dishes like: smoked salmon, pan-seared scallops, slow-roasted veg, pork belly…

Tasting note: Elegant, classic biscuity bouquet with creaminess and fine, persistent mousse. Freshness of ripe pears and delicate pecan nut notes in the foreground and a refreshing finish.

R350 at selected retailers

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