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New Release. Price £120.00.
"Comprising a selection of the best Grands Crus of the House, la cuvée R. Lalou Millésime 2002 is a wine of beautiful complexity, balance and harmony.” Didier Mariotti, Cellar Master
Cuvée R. Lalou pays homage to a man who determined the destiny of G.H.MUMM from 1920 to 1973, René Lalou. His philosophy was to put terroir at the heart of the culture of G.H.MUMM, blending wines from the best Crus to create cuvées that truly reflected this great terroir in terms of aroma, body and flavour. Cuvée R. Lalou is sourced from the finest, oldest and most characterful parcels within the G.H.MUMM vineyard: a choice of 12 mythical ‘lieux-dits’ all situated within the region’s best Grands Crus.
Capturing the light, the robe of the R. Lalou Millésime 2002 is a beautiful and radiant gold.
The nose reveals aromas of fresh and dried fruits, with gourmand notes of vanilla, nougat and honey.
In the mouth, the attack is fresh, then the wine settles. The generous mouthfeel builds to a final crescendo and a beautiful long finish.
A wine of great aromatic richness and complexity, the Cuvée R. Lalou Millésime 2002 works well as an aperitif or with dishes such as veal in truffles with potato purée or duck in orange sauce.
The Year 2002:
The 2002 vintage was characterised by a cold winter, followed by a mild, dry spring. The lack of water persisted until the end of July, but in August the rain reappeared. Luckily the Autumn was dry and sunny, with cool, fresh nights: the perfect conditions for maturing the grapes perfectly and concentrating the berries.
A light liqueur d’expédition of 6 g/l and lees ageing of 10 years has helped to create a wine that is both balanced and harmonious.
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.
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.
Mariotti tirelessly sampled hand-selected grapes from each of the twelve vineyards, carefully choosing the best of the individual parcels for inclusion in the final blend. The grapes from each vineyard were crushed separately in traditional presses and then vinified one at a time. These painstaking and time-intensive methods are integral to the final result, as Didier explains, "When one reaches a certain level of perfection, as the grand crus allow us to do, one then seeks to go further and perfect that perfection.”