Maison Mumm looks to revolutionise the concept of mature Champagne

Maison Mumm has released a new cuvée, which is designed to “redefine traditional perspectives on ageing”.

Mumm 6 is clearly labeled to show the number of years spent on the lees, rather than a specific vintage year, which breaks with the long-held traditions of mature Champagne.

The brand’s chef de caves, Didier Mariotti, focused on the "vitality and longevity" of rich Pinot Noir from the best vineyards on the Montagne de Reims, according to the producer. The blend is then further refined with a touch of mineral Chardonnay from the Cote de Blancs.

After six years in the cellars the cuvée is rejuvenated with a special dosage liqueur from wine aged in oak barrels for eight months.

According to the company, Mumm 6 has “the brilliance of rich, old gold with complex aromas of yellow fruit marmalade – Mirabelle plum and apricot – giving way to gourmand notes of brioche and pastry cream with hints of spice. The palate is rich and delectable with ripe fruits, toasty flavours, a light dash of roasted vanilla and a long savoury finish”.

Mumm 6 is recommended as a pairing to game cooked in fruit, wild forest mushrooms or Reblechon cheese, or even a dessert such as caramelised apricots with vanilla crème.

It will initially be launched at Searcys before it is given wider UK distribution, and it will be priced at around £45 a bottle in the off-trade.

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