Mumm has replaced its 130-year-old Mumm de Cramant cuvée with the newly introduced Mumm Blanc de Blancs, a limited release prestige cuvée in celebration of 130 years of vines in Cramant. The cuvée comes from grapes from the House’s grand cru Chardonnay vineyards in Cramant village in the Côtes des Blancs.
The House of G.H.MUMM acquired vines in Cramant, on the Côte des Blancs in 1882. Cramant means “chalk mountain”, and its chalky soil lends itself to the cultivation of such fine Chardonnay that the cuvée is made exclusively from 100% chardonnay grapes from Cramant.
Even though the grapes come from the same vintage, Chef de Cave, Didier Mariotti chose to classifify the new cuvée as a non-vintage in order to highlight its full freshness and finesse.The wine has a low bottle-pressure (4.5 bars as against the standard 6 bars) to emphasize the softness of the mousse, low dosage (6 g) and a controlled ageing process (2.5 years).
The champagne was originally reserved for friends of the House, and according to the etiquette of those days, it was presented in person, accompanied by a carefully folded visiting card.
Subtle and elegant, the champagne is smooth with fine bubbles and rich in minerals with an expressive finish. It is chalky on the nose from its Grand Cru terroir, followed by citrus notes and minerality.
The Mumm Blanc de Blancs retains the old-style bottle and the label with its folded corner that graced the bottles of the former Mumm de Cramant. Sold through “prestige” on- and off-trade outlets with an an RRP (recommended retail price) in the UK of £74.99 or Rs 6500 app, it marks the first part of the house’s new Expert Range, which will also feature a Grand Cru Brut Selection and Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs.