G.H. Mumm Champagne Cordon Rouge Vintage 2006

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G.H. Mumm Champagne Cordon Rouge Vintage is luminous golden yellow in colour with fine and persistent bubbles. The nose reveals the beauty and great complexity of this vintage of Mumm, with notes of apples, pears and yellow fruits such as apricots followed by aromas of dried fruit, nuts and freshly baked patisserie. It opens up progressively on the palate and the Pinot Noir has provided weight and structure. The finish is long and linear.

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Vintage: 2006
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
ABV: 12.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Traditional method sparkling
Vegetarian: Yes (not certified)
Vegan: Yes (not certified)
Drink With: A wine with structure and minerality that works well chicken or guinea fowl in a wild mushroom sauce or with hard cheeses such as Beaufort or Comté

In Champagne, 2006 was a year in which each season brought with it a lot of surprises. Winter was relatively cold, marked at the end by warm weather and a lot of rain. A warm spring followed, characterised by hot winds and irregular rain in June. After a very hot July, August was fresh with record amounts of rain which led to fear of the fruit spoiling. September was particularly hot and dry with the wind and sun saving the harvest by providing the ideal conditions for the grapes to attain optimum ripeness.

Mumm selected the finest parcels of grapes and vinified and aged each of them separately. Only some ten crus deserved this special treatment: the very best villages of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Among them was a predominance of Pinot Noir (64%) which marks G.H. Mumm’s house style. Time was needed for this vintage Champagne to reveal the bounty of Mother Nature, and after five years spent ageing on its lees the wine was judged to be ready. A dosage with a very low sugar content of 6g/l brought out the full character of this Champagne without altering its personality. For all these reasons, G.H. Mumm Vintage Champagne is a wine for laying down and it can be kept in a cellar for some ten years.

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