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After missus and I fought our way through the droves of desperate dames at a wedding fair, we definitely needed a glass of the good stuff to calm the nerves. As we have never been to Chabivin, we decided that today will be a good day to visit the farm… and we’ll tell you we are very glad we did!

Chabivin is a small boutique MCC house that is situated on a farm on the Blaauwklippen Road just outside Stellenbosch. Director and wine maker Hendrik Snyman together with Jean-Pierre and Brigitte Charbaut from France, opened Chabivin’s doors to the public in 2010 with a tastefully decorated tasting room as well as beautiful, tranquil garden with large cushions spread out on the grass for you to lounge on like modern-day Dionysus.

Chabivin boasts with two ranges of sparkling wines:

The Diary Series of Method Cap Classiques

  • Mademoiselle Mégane (Blanc de Blanc)
  • Cuvée Jean-Michel 2007 (Chardonnay / Pinot Noir)
  • Aclémée 2005 (Semillon)

Imported French Champagnes

  • Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay, 4 years on lease)
  • Brut Selection (Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay)
  • Memory (100% Chardonnay, 8 years on lease)
  • Millesime (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay)
  • Rose (100% Pinot Noir)

Originally wanted to taste a couple of Cap Classiques as well as the Champagnes that Chabivin imports but we’ve decided to skip the formalities and just enjoy a bottle of the Mademoiselle Mégane (a Blanc de Blanc that has been bottle fermented and matured for four years) as well as snack on a delicious combination platter that consisted of Brie, Gouda, Parma ham and Pastrami, with fig preserves, basil pesto, olives and cream cheese.

The Bubbly Tree

Everything was just perfect! It was a beautiful day in Stellenbosch, the Mademoiselle Mégane had beautiful biscuit aromas with a refreshingly limy citrus character. The platter that we’ve order was a wonderful compliment with the sparkling wine.

Chabivin has truly become one of my favourite sit-and-sip Cap Classique Houses.

Contact Chabivin on:
Tel: 021 880 1643
Email: info@chabivin.co.za
Website: http://www.chabivin.co.za/chabivin/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Chabivin
Twitter: @Chabivin

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