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Colmant Brut Chardonnay NV

The official overall winner at this year’s Méthode Cap Classique Challenge sponsored by cork supplier Amorim was the Anura Brut 2011, but to my mind the Colmant Brut Chardonnay which won best Blanc de Blanc was the stand-out wine. From 70% Franschhoek and 30% Robertson fruit, it spent 45 months on the lees (the base […]

September 14, 2016
by Christian
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2014 Amorim MCC Challege Results

The results of the 14th annual Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Domaines des Dieux 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Lords Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Best Rosé Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009 Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Chardonnay Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage: […]

September 18, 2014
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more refined and sophisticated. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Price: R168 Monday 30 January was the […]

December 3, 2012
by Christian
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Colmant Brut Reserve

I think Méthode Cap Classique is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success – a lot of half-baked examples as more and more producers seek to enter this enormously popular market segment. The Brut Reserve (R130) from Franschhoek cellar however is smart, however. A blend of 52% Pinot Noir and 48% Chardonnay, […]

October 4, 2012
by Christian
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Colmant Brut Rosé Non-vintage

The wines of Colmant in Franschhoek have featured prominently in my life recently. After our second daughter Eliza was borne just over two weeks ago, I arranged an impromptu celebration at wine and tapas bar French Toast on Bree Street. It was a Monday night and as such, all wines up to R400 a bottle […]

February 15, 2012
by Christian
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Champagne Mailly Les Échansons 1999

The MCC Technical Seminar was held yesterday at the Graham and Rhona Beck Skills Centre, proceedings culminating in a tutored tasting of Champagne Mailly Grand Cru by chef de cave Hervé Dantan. The Mailly vineyards are situated around the village of Mailly Champagne, one of only 17 villages to hold the highest classification Grand Cru […]

July 22, 2010
by Christian
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