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CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Profoundly good.

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 … [Read more...]

Colmant Brut Reserve

Let's get fizz-ical.

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 … [Read more...]

Colmant Brut Rosé Non-vintage

Love Potion No. 9

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 … [Read more...]

Champagne Mailly Les Échansons 1999

"Better than Dom P and half the price," reckons JP Colmant of Colmant Cap Classique and Champagne.

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 … [Read more...]