What is a vintage champagne?

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The Champagne region only produces vintages in the most noteworthy years.At Mumm, Cellar Master Laurent Fresnet is responsible for identifying the potential of an exceptional vintage and deciding to create a special cuvée. A set of special conditions must therefore be met to make these unique champagnes…

Non-vintage brut champagne, Mumm’s calling card

It is customary in Champagne for producers to create a signature cuvée from a blend of reserve wines from various years. This means each champagne house has its own style, revealed in what is known as a “non-vintage brut”. The cellar master’s skill and talent ensure that great care and infinite precision is taken over the cuvée. They meticulously blend grape varieties, terroirs, and vintages to ensure consistent quality and outstanding flavor, whatever the weather conditions that year.

At Mumm, these are our non-vintage cuvées, like Cordon Rouge, blended from a range of 120 crus from different years, uniting the diversity of Champagne’s terroirs in the iconic house style.

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Vintage champagne, the expression of an exceptional year

Unlike a non-vintage brut, a vintage champagne is the reflection of a single year with an exceptional harvest. The decision to create this unique cuvée is made by the cellar master following a tasting of the still wines.

Of course, smaller quantities are produced, as reserve wines are not used in the final blend, making vintage champagnes rarer.

Finally, although the appellation specifications require only three years’ aging, Mumm ages its vintage champagnes for five years to help them develop more roundness, richness and structure.

Mumm Millésimé 2013 tasting notes

The result of this masterful work? Aging brings Mumm Millésimé 2013 more developed aromas. Turn after turn, it reveals butter, brioche, and vanilla notes in an ensemble as rich as it is delicious. It is a truly gourmet champagne.

The floral dimension of the nose comes from the Chardonnay grown in Cramant and Avize. This is also responsible for the delicate aromas of hazelnut and the beautiful freshness on the palate. For its part, the Pinot Noir embodies and enhances the House’s style, contributing yellow fruit, body, and complexity. The cuvée is elegant, and the finish long and expressive.

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Mumm Millésimé
2013

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Mumm Millésimé 2013 is a cuvée which has already been aged for several years in cellars, with magnificent aging potential.

This cuvée is elegance transmuted into a singular vintage champagne. Candlelight illuminates a prestigious restaurant –imposing, yes, but intimate too, the ideal backdrop for the rare pleasure of sharing a most intriguing wine.

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