Mumm "Mumm de Cramant" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

SKU #100002 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 There is an attractive hint of toastiness here, since the bottle was disgorged in February 2014. That brings a roundness and a complexity to this classic Blanc de Blancs. As its name indicates the grapes come from the village of Cramant on the Côte des Blancs, and there are suggestions of the chalk terroir in the tight minerality and crisp apple that come through in the aftertaste. (RV)  (12/2015)

91 points Vinous

 (all grand cru fruit from Cramant; 8 g/l dosage; L1441300081): Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of fresh pear, white peach and tangerine, with subtle honey and sweet butter qualities in the background. Spicy and focused on the palate, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a subtle touch of toastiness. Closes supple and very long, leaving notes of smoky minerals and brioche behind. (JR)  (1/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Rich notes of smoke and roasted hazelnut lead the way in this sleek Champagne, which is finely knit, with a chalky underpinning and flavors of yellow plum, candied kumquat and star anise. Drink now through 2018. 500 cases imported. (AN, Web-2015)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 While leading with a quick note of biscuits and dark toast in the nose, this lean and fairly classic Blanc de Blancs quickly fixes on lean, distantly citric fruit and shows a strong bent to minerals. It is quite dry and slightly austere under its creamy mousse, and its lengthy, ever so slightly chalky finish is punctuated by the barest hint of stony bitterness.  (12/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Brut Chardonnay Grand Cru Mumm de Cramant is a pretty, lithe Champagne laced with white fruits. The wine reveals lovely inner perfume, with suggestions of graphite and stone that add a dimension of energy and lift to the clean, minerally finish. The Mumm de Cramant is delicious today, and should continue to drink nicely for a number of years. This is Lot: L1280800213, no disgorgement date provided. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019. (AG)  (12/2009)

K&L Notes

A rare cuvée made since 1882, the Mumm De Cramant has only been available for sale since 1960. This wine is made from Chardonnay grown in Cramant, a village on the Côte des Blancs. This wine has a pale lemon hue, with nearly weightless bubbles that yield a gentle, creamy sparkle. Aromas of white flowers, fresh fruit and lemon dominate the nose, which continue onto the palate, followed by tangy grapefruit and kumquat notes.

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2015 | Send Email
Mumm has been making this wine since 1882, and at first it wasn’t sold and used instead only as gifts. The “folded” edge of the label is homage to this history, and used to be a sign that the bottle and gift card were delivered personally by the giver. This Champagne is made at 4.5 atmospheres of pressure (about 65 psi) rather than the regular six (about 90 psi)- a style that used to be referred to as Cremant- in fact this wine was called “Cremant de Cramant” in the past. Now the term Cremant is used to describe sparkling wines made in France outside of the Champagne region that use traditional bottle fermentation and is not allowed for Champagne. It is entirely Chardonnay from the grand cru village of Cramant at the north end of the Cotes des Blancs and this village gives the wine both great ripeness and fabulous chalky minerality. Although the dosage of the Mumm de Cramant is quite low at six grams per liter, this wine is loaded with fleshy white fruit from the top notch terroir. The back end it balanced by succulent acidity and great chalky presence, making this a very fine aperitif. Cinnamon and I enjoyed this on its own before dinner, and loved the completeness, richness and refreshing character of the wine. If you have never had the Mumm de Cramant, it is worth checking out!

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Other White Wines

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France

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