92 Insider Points
The color is yellowy honey gold. The aromas are decidedly winey and full. It explodes with hints of wheat and chalk. In the mouth it immediately gives white summer fruits with stone. Altogether fresh, with a full-bodied consistency that holds together. As seen in both the tightness and feel, bolstered by a fine acidity and a balance between creamy and bold. A fine balance of aroma, taste and long finish. -WB 5/17
You could feel the tension, the quickened pulses when our sourcing team opened this spectacular bottle of prestige and bubbles for us to try. From the distinctive label of this founding family of Champagne to the classic straw colored glass of effervescent bubbles, it took our breath away. "The Cuvee Privilege was made just for restaurants, this is the last of this "black label" Mumm in the US." And at 60% off retail, you’ll hold your breath and maybe pinch yourself.
“Only the best.” In 1827 G.H. Mumm instilled itself in the heart of Champagne: Reims. Georges Hermann Mumm set the bar high for quality and it has remained just as high for his successors. G.H. Mumm penned his philosophy and the company motto in the simplest way: “Only the best.” Since then, G.H. Mumm has become the gold standard for Champagne.
Bold Blend: G.H. Mumm has a way with wine. The glorious flavors of their classic Champagne originate in the vineyard. Pinot Noir dominates, Chardonnay makes its presence known, while Meunier makes a cameo appearance. The cellar master adds 25-30% of reserve wine and brings the iconic wine under the red ribbon to center stage with several years in the cellar to age. The Champagne terroir and talent all in a single bottle.
Cordon Rouge: The bottle adorned with the red ribbon? Yep, its iconic and denotes something special. In 1876, Mumm decorated a few of their bottles with red ribbons in deference to the Legion of Honour. The bottles paid tribute to some of G.H. Mumm’s most prestigious clients. A tribute that wine geeks and enthusiasts alike still worship in their glasses.
Mumm recently announced Usain Bolt, a talented and decorated track and field Olympian, as their newest CEO: Chief Entertainment Officer. Exciting and inspiring!
White peaches and apricots, blooms of lychee and chunks of fresh pineapple burst to life in this vibrant glassful. Hints of caramel and vanilla round out this quintessential charmer and leave you with a lingering finish that whispers of honey and dried flowers.
Maison Mumm's own vineyards cover nearly 218 hectares. The vineyards, in which Pinot Noir is highly dominant (78%), particularly in the Montagne de Reims, spread over the Grand Cru vineyards of Cramant and Avize devoted to Chardonnay in the Côte des Blancs and the Vallée de la Marne, where Pinot Meunier prevails.
The official échelle des crus champagne vineyard classification of 1911, which is still in use today, rates vineyards in relation to criteria such as soil quality, exposure to the sun and grape varieties planted. Out of a total of 319 communes, this classification identifies seventeen villages as Grands Crus (the very best terroirs in the Champagne region) and 42 other villages as Premiers Crus.
This bottle is perfect with a nice of George Gershwin! Oh right, the food. We love pasta with a creamy sauce or grilled fish and a grilled peach salad.