The second vintage of GH Mumm’s prestige cuvee, 1999 Cuvée R Lalou, was launched in the UK this week.
The wine pays tribute to René Lalou, chairman of the champagne house between 1920 and 1973. Low-yield Pinot Noir results in, as chef de cave Didier Mariotti puts it: ‘intensity in terms of flavour, combined with the freshness of the Chardonnay’. He describes the 1999 as having ‘white fruit instead of white flowers’.
As part of the launch, held at the Ritz in London, the champagne house employed a novel approach to presenting the wine throughout lunch. After serving it at 6°C with the first course, it was served two degrees warmer for each of the five subsequent dishes. Bresse chicken champenoise, with R Lalou at 10°C, was a particularly favourable match, as was an aged Beaufort fondue with the champagne at 16°C.£120 off-trade RRP, Pernod Ricard, 020 8538 4484