Tag: G. H. Mumm Brut Rosé NV

Nov 11 2012

The Coming of Age of Rosé Champagne: Vintage Cellars Double Bay Champagne Gala 2012

Posted on November 11, 2012 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Wine critics’ opinions of rosé Champagne vary widely. Last year Jancis Robinson MW made the following comment: “My tastings suggest that a huge proportion of rosé champagne is a fairly cynical product that does not have any special positive attributes but merely ticks the visual box (sometimes only just) of being pink. In fact I would go so far as to say that the average quality of pink champagne is lower than that of the average white champagne, despite it being more expensive.” (Rosé champagne – the missing ingredient, JancisRobinson.com, 3 September 2011)

The Wine Advocate’s Antonio Galloni has a far rosier (excuse the pun!) opinion of rosé Champagne. In a recent video showcasing grower Champagnes, Galloni commented that the addition of still red wine can bring “amplitude and warmth” to Champagne and metaphorically compared it to a “baritone voice that fills out the concert hall.” (Grower Champagnes – Part 1, by Antonio Galloni, eRobertParker.com, 8 October 2012)

Over the past decade, consumers certainly seemed to have developed a taste for pink. Imports of rosé Champagne to the UK, for example, have more than doubled in the last decade and it now constitutes 8.5% of all Champagne exports.

If last Wednesday’s Vintage Cellars Double Bay Champagne Gala is any guide, the world’s top Champagne houses are definitely committed to making very fine examples of rosé Champagne. Vintage and non vintage rosé Champagnes were on show from Billecart- Salmon, Bollinger,  Dom Pérignon, Laurent-Perrier, Moët & Chandon, G.H. Mumm, Pol Roger and Veuve Clicquot.

 

Typically, the NV rosé Champagnes command a 30 to 50% price premium above the non rosé bottlings. Why the price differentiation you may ask? Well it turns out that the Champagne houses have had to make … Read the rest

Nov 11 2011

G. H. Mumm: Prestige Champagne House Reclaims Former Glory

Posted on November 11, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

On Saturday night we shared a bottle of G. H. Mumm Brut Rosé NV at a very special dinner at Ocean Room, a Japanese restaurant with a jaw-dropping interior and a birds-eye view of the Sydney Opera House. This fresh and fragrant wine with a fine beaded mousse and very long finish worked beautifully with our Oyster Duo entree: a pacific oyster with granny smith apple vinaigrette and a rock oyster with Yamazaki whisky and white balsamic air.

The G.H. Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou Prestige 1999 was also one of the highlights at the recent Vintage Cellars Double Bay Champagne tasting. It is only the second release of a very special cuvée, named in honour of the House’s celebrated chairman René Lalou, who ran Mumm from 1939 to 1973. A former incarnation of the cuvée, also bearing his name, was produced from 1966 to 1985 and then suspended from production.

 

In 2007, the first release of the Cuvée R. Lalou Cuvée Prestige 1998 not only heralded the revival of this legendary cuvée but marked a turning point for the Champagne House, confirming its return to a superior quality that is now reflected across the entire range.

In the 1980s and early 1990s Mumm experienced a bit of a slump. In his authoritative Encyclopaedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine, Tom Stevenson says, “Mumm’s reputation as a truly great Grande Marque took over 160 years to build, but was demolished in barely more than a single decade.”(Keeping Mumm: Dominique Demarville and the Men at Mumm by Tom Cannavan, Wine-Pages, February 2006)

Fortunately, since then significant changes were implemented in both the vineyard and winery that have reinvigorated the brand and restored its fabled reputation.

One of the most important changes was understanding the source material of great Champagne. … Read the rest