My friends know to always take “an emergency bottle of Mumm” to every party.
The policy started at a friend’s house party. I’d just had a particularly brutal break-up, so my friends had invited me down the Coast for the night to help cheer me up. Champagne – of course – always cheers me up but in need of extra cheer, I arrived proudly displaying my booty for the party… two vintage bottles of champs and another well-loved NV champs before I whipped out and explained the “emergency Mumm”. I reminded my friends that we always run out of champagne and tonight was not the night for me to deal with that… on top of everything else.
Friends: “Holy S%#t Marns! We’ve got two bottles too… how much Champagne do you think we need?”
Me: “So you know how fire alarms say ‘in case of emergency, break glass’? In case of a (champagne) emergency, we break open the Mumm.”
Friends: “We are never going to get through all this!”
Four hours later….
Friends: “Where’s the emergency bottle of Mumm???”
Remarkably, we actually remembered the conversation and the policy has stood the test of time. It is now widely adapted amongst my friends, with someone always asking “Who’s bringing the emergency bottle of Mumm?” before every party.
I have another slightly less honorable/slightly sneaky reason for bringing an emergency bottle of Mumm to every party. I also use it a as a distraction champagne at dinner parties with cheap arses and freeloaders (new blog about that coming soon!).
I chose Mumm for my emergency champagne because…
everyone loves Mumm, you usually can get it anywhere, and it won’t break the bank!
And this is all meant as a compliment of the highest order. With most other champagnes for everyday drinking, there’s someone who’s not so fussed on it.
You can usually get Mumm for around AU$50 (or on sale for as little as AU$43) and for quality, price and “you can get it anywhere” value, you can’t go past GH Mumm.
I find Mumm is light but still smooth and rounded. While Mumm Cordon Rogue is not the most complex or robust blend, its simplicity, cleanness, freshness and easy drinking are its hallmarks. And even before you taste it, as you bring your glass to your lips, you can smell the unique chalky, yeastiness that is distinctly ‘champagne’.
G.H. Mumm describe ripe fresh fruit (white and yellow peaches, apricots), tropical notes (lychee and pineapple). It then opens up with the fragrance of vanilla before developing notes of milky caramel, breadcrumbs and yeast, culminating in aromas of dried fruit and honey. I certainly get the subtle tropical notes and a hint of vanilla.
A blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Meunier, the Cordon Rogue is left on lees for two and half years. It has 25% to 30% addition of reserve wine and residual sugar content of 8g/l.
I’ve visited Mumm more times than other champagne house – three times to be precise. I’m a fan!
Try this champagne and let me now what you think! Make sure you post a pic and tag @bubbleandflute #emergencybottleofmumm
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