This is a Champagne for New Year’s Eve.  Pair it with caviar or with dinner. A reserved, pale gold-tan color in the glass belies this champagne’s prominent multi-fruit components. Raspberry and strawberry dominate in the aroma and on the palate at first, then orange and orange peel emerge on the end-palate and in the long finish.  Plenty of acidity assures this wine will pair well with dinner, not just as an aperitif.  A hint of lemon at the very end.

Recommended with dinner, or for drinks.

WHO: Champagne G. H. Mumm
WHAT: mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (25-30% reserve wines)
WHERE: Champagne, France
WHEN: non-vintage
HOW MUCH: $43 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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