Mumm Cuvee Rene Lalou 1999 Champagne
The G.H. Mumm Champagne house has been at the heart of the Champagne region since 1827 but with a lineage in winemaking stretching back to the 12th century. With this unbelievable heritage in winemaking etched into their DNA, the house lives by Georges Hermann Mumm’s motto: "Only the best" and that is what you are getting here with the Mumm Cuvee Rene Lalou 1999.
Named after René Lalou – chairman of G.H. Mumm for over 50 years, this cuvée is produced in very small quantities, and only in the best years. It is a vintage blend of grapes sourced from up to twelve of the very best parcels, ‘Lieux Dits’, within the G.H. Mumm vineyards. It is a 50/50 Pinot Noir, Chardonnay blend made from twelve parcels from eight different grand cru villages including Aÿ, Ambonnay, Cramant and Avize. The Chardonnay grapes give body and fullness to the wine, and the Pinot Noir grapes contribute to the powerful bouquet, resulting in aromas of nougat, orange and honey.
Mumm Cuvee Rene Lalou is an extremely rich and powerful wine so works beautifully with more complex dishes. Try it with white truffles, meaty fish like turbot in a sauce, poultry or game like partridge or grouse.
About the Brand
The Cuvee Rene Lalou is the offspring of the Cuvee Rene Lalou, originally launched in 1966 and last released in 1985. A mere nine vintages punctuate the Champagne’s 25-year history, yet it is still ranked among the greatest Champagne cuvees ever conceived. To the delight of chefs and Champagne connoisseurs worldwide, the celebrated Champagne has been released in an evolved blend, which represents the dream of master winemaker Rene Lalou to bottle the true essence of G.H. Mumm.
As chairman of G.H. Mumm for more than half a century, Rene Lalou was a true visionary with unending passion and instinctive understanding of terroir. He took upon himself the grand task of selecting the optimum Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the twelve finest grand cru villages and combining them into a single, complex blend. Lalou’s ultimate goal was to protect the integrity of the grapes by identifying and isolating the individual parcels, the very building blocks that define the character of terroir, from grape picking through vinification. Successive Chef de Caves of G.H. Mumm strived to recreate the essence of the Cuvee Rene Lalou while fulfilling the goal of the original creator. Rene Lalou’s copious notes were carefully passed down through the generations and samples of consecutive blends were guarded so that they could one day serve as the base for a new blend.
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Capturing the light, the robe of the G.H. Mumm Cuvee R. Lalou is a beautiful and radiant gold. The nose reveals aromas of white flowers and orange zest, with gourmet notes of vanilla, nougat and honey. In the mouth, the palate is initially fresh and lively before opening up to reveal a richness and power to balance the structure and acidity. The generosity on the palate builds to a final crescendo and a beautifully long finish.