Colmant Cap Classique Brut Reserve


Estate / Producer / Brand: Colmant

Region: Franschhoek, South Africa

Appellation: Wine of Origin Western Cap

Type: Sparkling wine

Vintage: Non Vintage

Date of Tasting: November 2022 – Bottle

Type of viticulture: Traditional

Grapes used: 52% Pinot Noir, 48% Chardonnay

Blend: Non communicated

Winemaking details: Traditional Method (Méthode Champenoise)

Aging: 30 months on lees in bottle

Sugar level: around 8 g/Liter

Sulphites: contains sulphites


  • Colour = Lemon
  • Intensity = Pale


  • Intensity = Medium+
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary + Secondary
  • Aromas = lemon, brioche, stone fruits with hints of Tropical Fruits


  • Sweetness = Slightly Off Dry (> 6 g / Litre)
  • Acidity = Medium+
  • Tannins = N/A
  • Alcohol = Medium
  • Body = Medium
  • Flavour Intensity = Medium+
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary + Secondary
  • Flavour details = lemon, brioche, stone fruits with hints of Tropical Fruits, hints of lychee (not found on the nose)
  • Other = Bubbles are creamy and well integrated but a little dissipating
  • Finish = Medium


  • Overall Quality = Very Good
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 8°C for up to 4-5 years
    • The quality of the wine and the interesting secondary aromas will give this wine the ability to slightly gain in complexity through aging (however it will probably not beneficiate from any aging longer than 5 years)
  • Retail Price = 23 euros (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = On price for the quality offered
  • Comparison with same price competition = Better deal for money than many other sparkling offered at the same price
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Not Suitable
  • Service Temperature = around 8°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = Oysters / Sushi / Sea Foods
  • Comments = difficult no to say that this wine is definitely a good buy that provide a very good value for money together with the ability to age for few years
  • Final Grade = B+

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Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale