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Today we are going to review a sparkling wine that we were so eager to rey for quite some time – Champagne Cordon Rouge Brut by Maison Mumm. This is a genuine champagne wine, made in an authentic méthode traditionelle style, using the three grape varieties allowed by the Champagne AOC: chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Cordon Rouge is the heartbeat of Maison Mumm, this cuvée is named after its famous red cordon: the red ribbon of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest civilian honour, thus, since 1876, a red silk ribbon had decorated the neck of every bottle. The wine itself is a complex blend, made with grapes sourced from over 100 different crus, with 20 months of bottle ageing, many of which are sur lie ageing. But let’s get rid of all that boring theory and, without further ado let’s move on, straight to the wine tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Straw-yellow color with pale, pastel-yellow hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits and citrus flavours: yellow apple, yellow pear, lemon, quince, yellow mirabelle, white peach, white cherry, pomelo, apricot, acacia blossom, dried sweet melon, butter, crème brûlée, french baguette, lees and some hints of cashew and honey.
The wine is medium-dry, with light alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannins. It tastes, crisp, smooth and quite refreshing, with a nuanced fruity & yeasty accent. This is a quite appealing, lean and supple champagne wine, with nuanced creaminess on the mouthfeel – a real crowd pleaser. The wine has a good overall balance, as it feels lush and elegant, with a light zestiness towards the end of the palate.
The wine has a medium finish and a quite pleasing, smooth and crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of France and, with a total of 91.8 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is a quite aromatic and appealing champagne wine, one that can still stand another 6 or 9 months of bottle ageing. It has a creamy, full body and a supple-crisp mouthfeel – a wine that lacks just a bit of finesse, as overall it feels bold and expansive, with a smooth-textured character to the palate. This wine is a match made in heaven for creamy seafood dishes with intense flavours, as it is surprisingly versatile, therefore we would recommend to pair it slightly salty, fat-rich dishes with high acidity, like for example fish en papillote with fresh herbs and lemon or cilantro lime shrimp scampi pasta, thus acids and bubbles in the wine would cut nicely through the fattiness of the fish, while the wine’s citrus flavours would complement the saltiness of the dish. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Champagne | Cordon Rouge | Brut | #
overall rating: | 91.8 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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