While experienced winegrowers, oenologists and Cellar Masters are crucial to the production of fine champagnes, nature also plays its part… The combination of all these factors gives rise to exceptional cuvées and vintage champagnes that leave their mark on the vast history of the Champagne region.
MUMM CHAMPAGNES: EXCELLENCE BY NATURE
Stretching over 30,000 hectares, the Champagne region benefits from a unique microclimate, marked by severe frosts during winter and plenty of sunshine in summer. These specific characteristics help preserve the finesse of the grapes and are propitious to optimal ripening. They also determine the personality of Mumm wines and define their aromatic complexity. The nature of this terroir, the richness of its subsoils and its specific microclimate, coupled with the House’s expertise, help produce unique wines, year after year.
Carefully preserved in the Mumm cellars, they constitute an extraordinary range of aromas and flavours which evoke all the richness of the terroir. During blending, the Cellar Master selects an array of unique wines to produce champagnes that reflect the House’s excellence and unique style.
When all of these factors are combined to produce an exceptional vintage, the Cellar Master may decide to compose their blend exclusively from wines of the same vintage. The final blends are then placed in the cellar for a minimum of three years to fully express their aromas. These remarkable vintages will leave their mark on the history of the Mumm Champagne House.
MUMM MILLÉSIMÉ, EPITOMISING THE FRENCH WAY OF LIFE
The House’s legendary cuvées stand as a testimony to their era while reflecting their terroir. Thanks to its lively, intense flavours and capricious weather conditions, Mumm Millésimé 2012 was marked by severe springtime frost and heavy rainfall, followed by cool, wet weather in June during flowering and a particularly hot end to summer. All of these conditions resulted in yields that were low but of exceptional quality. The resulting wines are intense and superbly well-balanced, with the Pinot Noir contributing aromas of white fruit and citrus, combined with the roundness and voluptuousness of Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs.
The fruit of harmonious weather conditions, despite the particularly rainy summer, Mumm Millésime 2008 displays yellow fruit aromas, enhanced by notes of delicious pastries which follow through to the palate, accompanied by beautiful minerality.
Among the crus to stand out in recent decades, the 1995, 2006 and 2009 vintage champagnes are timeless cuvées, which are highly sought-after by connoisseurs.
Full of character and emotion, the Mumm vintage champagnes merit gastronomic food pairings that match their flavour profiles. The Millésime 2008 goes marvellously with sweet and sour dishes, such as pan-fried foie gras and apricot jelly or game, accompanied by caramelised quince, while the Millésime 2012 unveils all its qualities when paired with fish, shellfish, or tangy, fruity desserts, which enhance its freshness and minerality.