On Tuesday 7th February 2017, members of MUMM Champagne’s Cordon Rouge Club gathered at London’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Club Gascon for a champagne paired Daring Dinner created exclusively for the Club by chef Pascal Aussignac. During the evening they celebrated each other’s achievements from the past year, nominated a new Club Chairperson, voted in two new Club members and selected a Club charity for 2017. Members in attendance included the legendary Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE, motorcycle enthusiast and TV adventurer Charley Boorman, polar explorer Ben Saunders and renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.
The Club enjoyed a five course daring menu starting off with a whole perigord black truffle cooked in clay, confit shallots and Armagnac, served with G.H Mumm – Millésime 2006, followed by barbecued white gold with vermouth, aromatic chicory, charred salsifis, served alongside G.H Mumm Blancs de Blancs . Next on the menu was rabbit and squirrel popcorn, toasted fennel and hay accompanied by G.H. Mumm – Millésime 2002, Cuvee R. Lalou. To finish, crackling vacherin, tipsy apple served with G.H Mumm – Le Demi-Sec NV and a foie gras macaroon, rose, rhubarb chutney with G.H Mumm – Le Rosé NV.
The dinner was hosted by the Club’s honorary Chairman for 2016, British rock climber and polar explorer Leo Houlding. Leo led the new member nomination discussions and the attending members voted to invite world record breaking adventurer, endurance athlete & highly regarded motivational speaker Olly Hicks and adventure scientist, oceans advocate & artist Emily Penn to join the Club based on their immense courage and dedication in their particular fields of adventure.
During the evening, Leo Houlding appointed Shane Winser (Expedition and Fieldwork advisor at Royal Geographical Society) as the new Club chair for 2017-2018. Shane brings a wealth of adventure experience to the Club, heading up Geography Outdoors: the centre supporting field research, exploration and outdoor learning which provides advice, information and training to some 1,500 plus scientific, educational, and adventurous expeditions each year. She has also assisted in the planning and organisation of the RGS's own research programmes to the tropical forests of Sarawak and Brunei, the mountains of the Karakoram, and the drylands of Western Australia, Kenya and Oman.
Each year the club members select a different charity that they would like to support. For 2017 the Club will support Outward Bound, an educational charity that uses the outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life. Past club charities have included: Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Help for Heroes, Shelterbox, Community Action Nepal, The Calvert Trust and most recently Just A Drop.
True to its motto; ‘Dare. Win. Celebrate’, Maison Mumm has always been associated with audacious challenges and ground-breaking endeavours undertaken by inspirational people – right back to 1904, when it supported explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot during the first ever French Antarctic expedition.
We raise a toast to the Cordon Rouge Club members new and old!