Colmant Blanc de Blancs NV
By Christian Eedes, 2 January 2024
Belgian JP Colmant established a specialist Cap Classique cellar under his own name in 2005 (first bottling 2006) and the wines quickly gained a reputation for their elegance and precision. Highly regarded bubbly winemaker Paul Gerber came across from Le Lude in 2019 and Colmant has continued to go from strength to strength.
Colmant Blanc de Blancs NV is made from Chardonnay off selected vineyards in Franschhoek, Elgin, Hemel-en-Aarde and Robertson. True to house style, 15% of the base wine was barrel fermented and 20% of the wine is selected from the previous year’s harvests while maturation on the lees lasted 45 months.
The nose shows subtle notes of citrus, peach, nectarine and brioche plus a hint of struck-match reduction while the palate has big volume and a creamy mousse but also plenty of freshness to go with a savoury finish (alc: 12.5%). A flavourful and harmonious example of the category. Price: R365 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 93/100.
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