One of the better known champagne houses, G.H.Mumm is the 4th largest by volume with over 8 million bottles produced annually. Mumm has become well established in the public eye, sponsoring events such as the Melbourne Cup and (for a while) being the victory spray of choice in Formula 1. As part of the Pernod Ricard group, G.H Mumm sits as a sister brand to Perrier Jouet.
Mumm’s trademark is its “Cordon Rouge” which means “red ribbon”, a homage to the history of the house when it once emblazoned its bottles sent to its best clients with red silk ribbons. Speaking of history, Mumm’s roots are very Germanic, originating from German winemaker P.A. Mumm. After acquiring land in Champagne, they set about developing their sparkling wines under the watch of Georges Hermann Mumm, from whom the modern name is now derived.
The Chef de Cave (chief winemaker) torch at Mumm has recently been passed onto young Didier Mariotti, a man with a reputation as a stickler for quality. He applies this approach right through the wine making process from growing to distribution, personally travelling to international markets to check on warehouse stocks.
Today, we try Mumm’s vintage 2008 offering. It is the 59th vintage offering from the house. A renown season in Champagne with ideal growing conditions, this year offers potential for some of the best champagnes you may ever try. At $75 a bottle, it presents decent value in the face of higher end NV’s such as Billecart, Pol Roger and Bollinger.
The 30% chardonnay in this blend comes from Grand Cru vineyards – some of the very best.
Even more interesting is that Vintage 09 was released before 08 – as they wanted to sit on it and make sure it was ready. Let’s see how it all played out…
From: Reims, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$75 a bottle available from most liquor stores
Blend Ratio: Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (70/30/0) with 6 g/l dosage.
Aging: Unknown – Typically 5 years
Sipped: August 2018
In the Glass:
Look: A mid golden colour with a plentiful bubble stream.
Smell: Sweet clean notes of lemon and green apple over the top of some toasted breads and honey.
Taste: This is a good champagne to drink – it is so smooth and easy. Flavour begins with a strong run of fresh, tart crisp green apples, which has a slight zesty hit.
The middle is highlighted by lemon sherbert notes. Its very good in fruit expression – and highlights its grand cru chardonnay.
If there is any criticism, it is that it a bit lacking in the intensity of the flavours, particularly given its time on yeast – but its certainly not a bad drop, and I am happy to drink this repeatedly.
Party Potential: I would be more than happy to put this in the ice bucket for a close gathering of you friends and family to kick start the night.
As a Gift: Mumm’s value lies within its brand – it’s a very well-known and popular champagne. Some of their bottle and gift-box designs are also quite nice and useful for up-cycling. These make them ideal gifts for small celebrations. This swine would make a good gift to anyone.
At Home: This Mumm is something you bring out for you closest friends and family for dinner.
Score & Verdict:
At $75 I feel it is good value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
I brought a bottle over to see my besties and we made our way through it once the little ones went to bed.
How did you drink it?
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