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G.H. Mumm Champagne Le Demi-Sec NV

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G.H. Mumm Champagne Le Demi-Sec has a deep colour with golden yellow and amber glints, it has an abundance of lively bubbles. The nose reveals aromas of peach and pear jam, nougat, and fruit jelly, with fragrances of honey and gingerbread developing into notes of dried fruit. Very round, smooth and sweet with hints of honey candy on the palate, G.H.Mumm Le Demi-Sec combines this sweetness with a distinctive freshness on the finish. After cellar-ageing for several years, its notes of dry fruit become more definite.

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Vintage: NV
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
ABV: 12%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Traditional method sparkling
Vegetarian: Yes (not certified)
Vegan: Yes (not certified)
Drink With: Fruit salad, zabaglione of yellow fruits in Champagne, tarte tatin, apricot or caramelised peach crumble. It delights inquisitive palates when served alongside dishes that combine sweet and savoury flavours, like foie gras with figs. More daring hosts may even serve this demi-sec Champagne with blue cheese

Demi-sec wines were the original style of Champagne, the fruit of a long-standing tradition. They suited the sweeter tastes of 19th-century consumers and had a sugar content that sometimes exceeded 150g/l (a stark contrast to the dry 6g/l of today's iconic G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge!) The heady cuvée that was G.H.Mumm’s signature delight in 1888 has now been adapted to suit modern palates, offering connoisseurs the possibility to enjoy a sweeter wine that perpetuates the tradition of dessert Champagnes.

The rituals associated with G.H.Mumm Le Demi-Sec introduce 21st-century devotees to new ways of enjoying Champagne. Most unexpectedly, Le Demi-Sec can be served from a decanter. This unusual move is reserved for fine, complex or high dosage Champagnes as the additional contact with air enables the wine to fully express its delicate texture and its subtlest aromas.

Mumm's Le Demi-Sec is primarily blended from Pinot Meunier (60%), a supremely aromatic grape variety that is particularly appreciated for its fruity intensity. Its charm and depth are enhanced by the addition of Pinot Noir (30%) and Chardonnay (10%) for structure and freshness. This fruity blend incorporates mature reserve wines and a considerable sugar content, forming a Champagne that is refined and elegant despite its sweetness. A residual sugar content of 40g/l ensures a richness that balances its other qualities, creating a well-rounded, generous and delightful demi-sec wine.