We are always so flattered, honoured and humbled by the many wonderful reviews of our wine. Please feel free to read any of the articles below should you require more confidence in our product.
Recent John Platter Wine Guide comments of the Le Vin de François wine.
2015 Platter’s Wine Guide
“ Flamboyant as it may sound, Francois is self-effacing(‘Wingnut’ a reference to the shape of his ears), driven by an ardent belief in the potential of pinotage, the only variety in his multi-cellar blend, Le Vin de François.
***** 2012 Le Vin de François pinotage from 7, mostly Stellenbosch, vineyards. Alluring, complex infusion of dark choc & spicy cherry in fine-grained but firm tannin structure. Silky textured, iron fist in velvet glove, with same François magic as in stylish11(*****)” – MW
2016 Platter’s Wine Guide
“ A special 27L bottle of the *****Le Vin de François 2013 auctioned in memory of Magda, beloved late wife, wine-partner and family matriarch. 9 barrels from Paarl, Stellenbosch & Bot River for the ‘best of the best’ all-pinotage 13. Lovely depth & intensity , with layers of dark chocolate, vanilla & sweet spice. Seamless, sappy & structured, will age with distinction though already balanced & stylish. Also in 1.5, 3, 5 & 9L” – MW
2017 Platter’s Wine Guide
***** Le Vin de François “ 8-part composition in pinotage from respected producers around the Cape, master blended into seamless, age worthy mega-wine.
14 is lithe & supple, yet boldly full & true to the variety. Dark chocolate, berry compote & sweet spices, all in precise balance.” – GdB
2018 Platter’s Wine Guide
“ All efforts directed at their Le Vin de François flagship ‘and the continued pursuit to establish it as the world’s best pinotage’***** Le Vin de François Compiled from 8 respected producers of pinotage & master blended by Francois Naudé into an individual & noteworthy artwork. 15 offers weight without force, power with finesse & balance, subtlety with succulence”. – GdB
Central London Wine Society’s Table of Honour Jan 4. 2018
In April 2017 Le Vin de Francois was added to the prestigious Central London Wine Society’s Table of Honour (scoring 6.0 or better). This took their total of wines on the list to 74 over an eight year period. Read more…..clws_annual_report_for_2017.docx
Le Vin de François By creativenook on July 2, 2015
This was truly a magical ‘Winter Wonderland’! Just as Magda Naude wanted as the theme for this year’s Le vin de François annual Wine Action. When we started planning the event together in 2014, we knew that Mags health was deteriorating but we did not expect her to be taken from us so soon. Read more...
Record prices were achieved at the 7th Le Vin de François Auction held at Overgaauw on 14 March. Every year Pinotage aficionado François Naudé tastes his way through the cellars of various estates. His goal? To select a barrel from each of the top producers and make the best Pinotage in the world. Chosen producers in 2013 were Delheim, Kanonkop, Lanzerac, L’Avenir, Rhebokskloof, Simonsig and Wildekrans. Their barrels were blended together to create Le Vin de François, which sold for as much as R11 400 a case. The auction is by invitation only and the 140 guests were treated to oysters, champagne and canapés on arrival, followed by a gourmet three-course meal prepared by chef Craig Cormack. Source: http://www.stellenboschvisio.co.za/2015/06/pick-of-the-pinotage/
Peter F May for The Pinotage Club 30 April 2014
My wine on the month for April is Le Vin de François 2010 that I had several times when lunching at Delheim Winery during my recent stay in the Cape.
It's the wine of Francois Naude, made from barrels he's selected from seven top Pinotage wineries to blend together into a superb example of Pinotage. Read more...
Record prices at fifth annual auction for Le Vin de François
29 October 2012
Arguably S.A.’s most unusual top Pinotage sets private buyers on fire. It’s a wine that few get to lay their hands on - which means that even an invitation to the annual private auction is a ticket to treasure. This year was no exception, and the fifth annual auction of the sought-after Le Vin de François on October 20 set the fans alight, producing record prices. Yet again!b Read more
Le Vin de Francois - A Remarkable Wine - 2010
Vin de François is an extraordinary wine. It is a blend of the best barrels from top wineries chosen and crafted by an award winning winemaker recognised as an expert in the variety. The variety is Pinotage which, like its parent Pinot Noir, challenges winemakers yet when made well is sublime. Read more...
Record sales at the third Auction of Le Vin de François
5 November 2010
At a glittering black tie by-invitation-only event at Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch, 190 cases of 12 bottles plus magnums, 3 litre and 5 litre sizes were auctioned to local and international bidders, to realise sales of R870 000, a 21% increase on the previous year. Read more...