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Colmant Absolu Zero
Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne
South Africa - Western Cape - Method Cap Classique

On the eye: Bright golden hue with vibrant green tinges and a persistent, finely beaded bubble.
On the nose: Rich spice-dusted brioche and yeast aromas which vie with layers of ripe yellow fruits.
On the palate: Vivid entry with fresh lime notes and acidity contrasted by toasted bread, warm brioche and typical yeast intensity. The balance extends to the interplay of peachy florality and classic elegance of the leesy length and layers. Complex and nuanced.

Specifications
Appellation
Method Cap Classique
Wine Type
Sparkling
Varietal(s)
100% Chardonnay
Soil type
65% of the grapes are from Franschhoek and 35% from Robertson.
Vinification
A portion of the base wine (15%) is fermented in French oak barrels while a further 15% of reserve wine from previous vintages is also blended in.
Extended lees maturation of 85 months.
Pairings

Colmant Absolu Zero's food pairing

Reviews and News

Colmant Absolu Zero - 96 PTS - TA

Colmant Absolu Zero - 96 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Recruiting top MCC expert Paul Gerber was quite a coup for Jean-Philippe Colmant and seems to be paying dividends in the bottle. Very lightly wooded, this bracingly dry all-Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs uses fruit from Franschhoek, Robertson and Elgin, with 16% reserve wine dating back to 2006. Structured, bready and bracingly taut, with aniseed and citrus flavours, subtle autolysis and a lingering finish. Sublime stuff. 2022-30"

- Tim Atkin MW (South Africa 2021 Special Report), 96 pts

Colmant Absolu Zero - 95 PTS - TA

Colmant Absolu Zero - 95 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Even better than the delicious previous release, this is based on the 2012 vintage and spent 87 months on lees before disgorgement. Showing the freshness, focus and ageing potential of all great Blanc de Blancs, it's nutty and complex with salty, tangy minerality, notes of fresh bread and patisserie and an assertively bone-dry finish. 2020-25"

- Tim Atkin MW (South Africa 2020 Special Report), 95 pts

Colmant Absolu Zero - 93+ PTS - WA

Colmant Absolu Zero - 93+ PTS - WA

wa93"This 100% Chardonnay is a zero dosage that shows expert precision of the nose. Rested on the lees for 85 months, the NV Absolu is a clear champion in South African sparkling wine and embodies the heart of blanc de blanc Champagne. It has a textured leesiness across the mid-palate, with a green apple edge and the lemon pithiness of classic French bubbles. The expression is long, focused and highly complex showing soft hints of cheese rind, ending with a crisp, mineral finish. This effort expresses a serious attempt to make quality-minded sparkling wine in South Africa for the Méthode Cap Classique category, and this particular bottling is one of the best sparkling wines coming from South Africa. This particular bottling was not yet available when I visited the estate, but you can rest assured that when it is available for purchase, I will be adding some to my cellar. I honestly tried to buy some while I was visiting with Colmant and the owner/winemaker told me, "No, it's not available yet". I can respect that. Put this bottling on your shopping list! - Anthony MUELLER"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (October 31st 2019, Issue 245), 93+ pts

Producer Information: Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne

After owning & running a stone manufacturing business in Belgium for twelve years, JP Colmant & his wife, Isabelle, were ready to change directions – they wanted a more adventurous, ...
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