Thursday, September 27, 2018

MENU's Wine of the Week. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Non Vintage MCC

South African Méthode Cap Classique has been around since Frans Malan made the first Kaapse Vonkel at Simonsig in 1971. Made in the traditional French method, this beautiful rendition is not allowed to be called Champagne, but many of our talented winemakers are able to make superb wines of quality and finesse in this style. We love drinking it, we always try to welcome guests with a bottle of bubbly, it must be served at celebrations, breakfast, lunch, dinner, picnics, with luxurious food like duck paté, smoked salmon and caviar and it goes perfectly with rich desserts. In fact, we don’t need any excuses to pop the cork on a bottle, or two. Today, over lunch at the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge for 2018, we tasted the wines awarded the top accolades in South Africa, much more about this next week. The wine that impressed us more than the others, and they are all excellent, is our Wine of the Week

Colmant Brut Chardonnay Non Vintage MCC won this year’s Blanc de Blanc Trophy. It is made by Jean-Philippe (JP) Colmant on his farm in Franschhoek from selected chardonnay grapes grown in both Franschhoek and Robertson. He calls it his crème de la crème and we agree. On the nose, it speaks to French Champagne in style, with elegance and restraint, with rich and creamy brioche notes from long maturation and a whiff of cognac richness and complexity. Clean citrus and apple on the nose and palate, it has a good mousse and has long, crisp and dry flavours with a tingle. It is also so good with food. R240 on the farm. It is has twice received five stars in Platter 

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