Millésime

"A wine of great aromatic complexity”.

Le millésimé 2006

THE STORY

2006 was notable for its hot weather, albeit occasionally punctuated by local climatic events of varying severity (spring frosts, hailstorms, summer rainfall and heatwaves). Nevertheless, despite these unusual conditions, nature showed its generous side by offering an abundant and high-quality grape harvest. Nature’s excesses remind us of the fragile balances that surround vineyard work up to harvest time.

THE CREATION

The best batches are carefully selected, vinified and aged separately. Only some ten crus deserve this special treatment: the very best villages of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Among them we find a predominance of Pinot Noir (64%) which marks the House’s style. Time is needed to reveal the fullness of Nature’s bounty. Ageing on the lees is patiently continued for five years. When the wine is judged to be ready, the dosage with a very low sugar content of 6g/l brings it out without altering it. For all these reasons G.H.MUMM Millésimé is a wine for laying down, that can be kept in a cellar for some ten years.

WINE TALK: OVER TO THE CELLAR MASTER

"The nose reveals the fine and rich complexity of this wine, starting with notes of apple and pear as well as yellow fruits such as apricot or plum, followed later by the aromas of dried fruits and nuts with some notes of pastry. After a strong attack the finish is well-defined and long."

The year of 2004 brings its own realm of sweet flavours to the MUMM style.

Le millésimé 2004

THE STORY

The year 2004 was marked by a largely dry and warm spring with satisfactory levels of sunshine. The summer that followed, also hot and dry, gave Didier Mariotti reasons for hope. In September, the exceptional maturity of the grapes confirmed his hunch. And when the first wines were tasted, there was no doubt: 2004 would be a Vintage year.

THE CREATION

The best grapes were carefully selected and separately fermented and bred. Less than ten crus received this special treatment, the elite of the villages of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Predominant amongst them were the Pinots Noirs (70%), the distinctive signature of the House style. It took time to reveal this bounteous gift of Nature. The wine was left patiently to mature on the lees for five years. When it was deemed ready, a low dosage of 6g/l was added to bring out the wine’s inherent character. For all these reasons, G.H.MUMM Millésimé has a good ageing potential, and can be kept cellared for some ten years.

WINE TALK: OVER TO THE CELLAR MASTER

"A nose that evokes a basket of late summer fruit (mirabelle and quince), a full palate with notes of honey, nougat and brioche, exceptional persistence..."

In 2002, a year of sunshine created an exceptional vintage renowned for its intensity, freshness and harmony.

Le millésimé 2002

THE STORY

2002 was a year of sunshine: the rich and powerful Grands Crus Pinots Noirs of Verzenay and Verzy are balanced by the lightness of the Côte des Blancs Chardonnays. Intensity, freshness, and balance is the style of the 2002 Millésimé, the 54th vintage of the House, in the true lineage of the G.H.MUMM wine character.

THE CREATION

The best grapes were carefully selected and separately fermented and bred. Less than ten crus received this special treatment, the elite of the villages of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Predominant amongst them were the Pinots Noirs (68%), the distinctive signature of the House style. It took time to reveal this bounteous gift of Nature. The wine was left patiently to mature on the lees for five years. When it was deemed ready, a low dosage of 6g/l was to bring out the wine’s inherent character. For all these reasons, G.H.MUMM Millésimé has a good ageing potential, one that can be kept cellared for some ten years.

WINE TALK: OVER TO THE CELLAR MASTER

"A clear note of yellow and white fruit in the attack, together with exotic fruits and flavours of brioche and dried fruit which give this wine great breadth".

A vintage that was reminiscent of 1989 in its patterns, suggesting the potential for an exceptional year.

Le Millésimé 1999

THE STORY

All in all, 1999 is characterised by freshness, intensity and length, features that combine to make it a worthy embodiment of the House style.

THE CREATION

The best grapes were carefully selected and separately fermented and bred. Less than ten crus received this special treatment, the elite of the villages of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Predominant amongst them were the Pinots Noirs (64%), the distinctive signature of the House style. It took time to reveal this bounteous gift of Nature. The wine was left patiently to mature on the lees for five years. When it was deemed ready, a low dosage of 8g/l was added to bring out the wine’s inherent character. For all these reasons, G.H.MUMM Millésimé has a good ageing potential, and can be kept cellared for seven years.

WINE TALK: OVER TO THE CELLAR MASTER

"After a few floral notes, the nose detects warm flavours such as Corinthian grapes or dried apricots. After five years of ageing, the cuvée expresses a freshness and intensity that reflect a legacy going back almost 180 years."

1998 created a vintage renowned for its unique realm of complex aromas and flavours.

Le millésimé 1998

THE STORY

A rich crop, healthy grapes and an ideal balance of sweetness and acidity in 1998 made for a highly promising harvest, echoing those of 1992 or 1985! Racy and subtle, the vins clairs seemed to many to possess the potential to age well. All the conditions were thus in place for the creation of a classic Cordon Rouge vintage champagne.

THE CREATION

The best grapes were carefully selected and separately fermented and bred. Less than ten crus received this special treatment, the elite of the villages of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Predominant amongst them were the Pinots Noirs (69%), the distinctive signature of the House style. It took time to reveal this bounteous gift of Nature. The wine was left patiently to mature on the lees for six years. When it was deemed ready, a low dosage of 8g/l was added to bring out the wine’s inherent character. For all these reasons, G.H.MUMM Millésimé has a good ageing potential, and can be kept in the cellar for ten years or more.

WINE TALK: OVER TO THE CELLAR MASTER

"The primary note on the palate is the combination of strength, freshness and liveliness. Right from the attack phase, the mouth is invaded with this generous, rich and rounded Champagne wine. Its discreet bubbles emphasise the freshness of the Chardonnay."