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Colmant Brut Chardonnay
Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne
South Africa - Western Cape - Coastal Region - Franschhoek

Delicate light gold color with a lime-green hue. The nose is fresh, lemony and floral with notes of green apple, followed by yeasty and biscuity aromas brought by the lengthy maturation on the lees. Very fine bead of bubbles with a persistent mousse. Opulent on the palate, this wine shows a harmonious balance between fresh zestiness, mineral complexity and a warm breadth of leesy creaminess. It promises to develop great texture over time.

Specifications
Appellation
Coastal Region - Franschhoek
Varietal(s)
Chardonnay 100%
Vinification
True to house style, a portion of the base wine (15%) was barrel fermented to add a wooded, structured nuance to the final product. Similarly, 20% of the wine is specially selected from the previous year's harvest, kept in prime French oak for the purpose of adding complexity, intensity and harmony. Rich and creamy toast, brioche character develops as the wine undergoes its long 45 month maturation at a steady 14 degrees C before final release.
Pairings

Drinking tips: Ideal with pan fried scallops or line fish "au beurre blanc", it is also the oyster's best friend and will enhance the flavors of parmesan, asparagus, artichokes, parma ham,...

Reviews and News

NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 92 PTS - eRobertParker.com

NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 92 PTS - eRobertParker.com

"Disgorged March 2011, the superb Non-Vintage Brut Chardonnay is based on the 2007 vintage, whole bunch pressed with 18% fermented in oak and 45 months on the lees. It has a very subtle, more “wine-like” bouquet with very fine delineation, dewy green apples, a touch of wet limestone and a touch of flint. The palate has good weight on the entry with fresh green apple once again mingling with a little peach and Clementine in the background leading to a racy finish. - NM"

eRobertParker.com (Issue #196, August 2011), 92 pts

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NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 91+ PTS - WA

NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 91+ PTS - WA

wa"A blanc de blanc with the heart of Chardonnay, the NV Brut Chardonnay has focused citrus tones on the nose with notes of yellow pear and green apple. The oak is subtle here, with a solid beam of acidity through the mid-palate. The wine is thoughtful and focused, and the finish leaves my mouth watering; there is serious acidity here, and they are doing it right. Colmant is the little guy doing some really great things— quietly focused wines, with serious aging potential. Keep this small producer on your radar. I expect nothing but great things in years to come from JP Colmant and his new winemaker, Paul Gerber, formerly of Le Lude. - Anthony Mueller"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 91+ pts

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NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 90 PTS - VINOUS

NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The Brut Chardonnay (disgorged May 2017) includes 15% base wine that is barrel-fermented, 20% from the previous year’s harvest, with 45 months on the lees. This has a deep bouquet of green apple, hints of tropical fruit and a touch of brioche. The palate is well balanced with a creamy texture, plenty of Granny Smith apples on the midpalate and a touch of oyster shell on the finish. Very fine and very champagne-like in style.- Neal Martin"

- Vinous (August 29th 2018), 90 pts

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NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 90 PTS - TA

NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 90 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Youthful and refreshing for a wine that has spent 45 months on its lees, Colmant’s all-Chardonnay bubbly benefits from partial barrel-fermentation, adding a savoury note. Textured and dry, with a creamy mid-palate and fine bubbles. 2017-23."

- - South Africa 2017 Special Report, Tim Atkin, 90 pts

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NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 89 PTS - VINOUS

NV Colmant Brut Chardonnay - 89 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(45 months on the lees): Bright straw-yellow. Deep nutty, toasty macadamia, toffee and maple syrup notes along with yellow apple and ripe pear on the nose. Brisk and intense, showing an attractive yeast autolysis character as well as a slightly oxidative apple dryness--probably from a percentage of older reserve juice--that's countered by intriguing salinity and sound acidity. Finishes with good salty persistence. This sparkling wine grew on me.- Stephen Tanzer"

- Vinous (May 2017), 89 pts

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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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