The Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016, a single-vineyard terroir-specific vintage cuvée, has been awarded DOUBLE GOLD with a score of 93 at the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2021!
GILBERT & GAILLARD
Every year, over 10,000 wines from more than 25 countries are tasted in the Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge. Blind tastings are conducted quarterly by a French tasting panel, chaired by Philippe Gaillard, Francois Gilbert and Sylvain Patard. Gilbert & Gaillard, the French experts on wine, publish their Wine Guide in 9 languages and a wine-themed magazine in France and over 19 countries worldwide. They are now a multimedia group entirely dedicated to wine with a presence in all channels.
KRONE KAAIMANSGAT BLANC DE BLANCS 2016
The Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016 was inspired by the grower Champagne movement in France and is a terroir-driven Blanc de Blancs made in a natural style in small batches. Sculpted by the vintage, it expresses the distinctive character of the iconic 33-year-old high-altitude Kaaimansgat (Crocodile’s Lair) Chardonnay vineyard near Villiersdorp. A site of extremes, the old vines, unirrigated, are located 700m above sea level on the steep foothills of the mountain, deep inside a blind valley in the cool-climate Elandskloof ward in the Overberg.
Gilbert & Gaillard’s Tasting Notes
Yellow straw. Sour dough, biscotti and a hint of smoky toast. Palate is fresh, lively with a fresh apple and white pear note. Lively and youthful with a slight nutty note on the finish. Complex and rich with a lingering acidity on the aftertaste. Great! – Gilbert & Gaillard
The pure nature of this MCC calls for authentic food of the highest simplicity. Shellfish roasted over wingerdstok, cracked open and served with farm-egg mayonnaise; baked oysters dressed with burnt butter; primal flavours and cooking techniques, such as whole trout grilled on a cedar-plank; refined yet down to earth, pork cheeks with caramelised apples; grass-fed T-bone accompanied by foraged mushrooms; Dalewood Huguenot soufflé; whole cauliflower roasted in terracotta; MCC poached pears with clotted cream.
Krone Kaaimansgat Blanc de Blancs 2016, distinctively packaged in a jet-black bottle with matching gift box, is available for purchase at the estate, online at
and is widely available nationally at select liquor retailers and grocers.
Approximate retail price: R560