La Perle du Sud
As I mentioned in my Kasbah Tamadot post, I absolutely loved La Perle du Sud, and was extremely keen to do an in-depth piece about it. After a quick email to the team at Virgin Limited Edition, I managed to secure a bottle.
“Bloody awesome. Better than many of the big champagne houses’ non-vintages. As good and better than some of their vintages.”
This wine lived up to, and exceeded my very fond memories of quaffing it in the shadows of the Atlas Mountains.
I wish I could give you more information on the specific production and ageing processes used by the producer, Les Celliers de Meknès, but unfortunately they failed to respond to my email. Never mind – I’ll do my best.
What’s immediately apparent is the colour of La Perle du Sud. It’s a wonderful, deep, yellow straw colour. It forms some good ribbons of bubbles, but they are less fine than some.
The first big hit on the nose you get is that of honey and sweetness. This then gives way to subtler scents: slight floral tones of honeysuckle, white peach and green apple and a little woodiness.
Again, the sweetness comes through quite strongly, leading me to challenge whether this is actually a brut. Certainly, it seems to me more reminiscent of a Sec or Demi-Sec. Starting first with flavours of lychee and minerals, with a sweetness akin to agave. This then gives way to some citrusy acidity, with an oaky character.
La Perle du Sud has a wonderful mouth-feel, giving that sweet, biscuity, brioche flavour and feel that you would expect from a good Blanc de Blancs. It has a long, lingering finish, where the initial sweetness gives way to more complex mineral and savoury tones.
Bloody awesome. Better than many of the big champagne houses’ non-vintages. As good and better than some of their vintages.
Where Can I Get It?
You can’t. Sorry.
Actually, that’s not strictly true, but it’s not easy to get hold of. You can pick it up from their German agent at www.weinlehmann.com for €29.
Alternative, for one of the most expensive bottles of wine you’ll ever drink, you could take a trip to Kasbah Tamadot for a tipple.