Reims - A Taste of Champagne at Mumm

I've been intrigued by Reims ever since I read The Widow Clicquot about the audacious Barb-Nicole Clicquot who took over her husband's struggling wine business after he died and turned it into a global empire during the challenging times of the French Revolution.  It's an amazing story centered in Reims and a highly recommended quick read.  Unfortunately, Veuve Clicquot wine cellars were closed during our visit so we opted to tour G.H. Mumm instead.
We entered the lobby of the building and were greeted by gold foil capped bottles in three sizes.
Soon, we descended into the cellars on an English language guided tour.
The old wooden barrels used to age the champagne have since been replaced by higher tech stainless steel but the barrels still remain on display.
We made our way past a seemingly endless row of stainless steel tanks.
The caves were dimly lit with an ethereal green light.
Before descending further into the cellars, we passed a statue paying homage to the art of wine-making.
Bottles were stacked from floor to ceiling as the bubbly aged.
A back-lit bottle hanging from the ceiling highlighted the yeast and sugar sediment required for formation of fine champagne but that presents a serious process challenge to remove.  The bottles are turned upside down at an angle and then turned by 90 degrees a day until the sediment falls to the cap.  The cap is removed and the pressure inside the bottle forces the sediment out.
We passed a dimly lit cellar only accessible by the lead wine-maker which contains G.H. Mumm vintages dating back more than 100 years.
Riddling racks lined the corridor.
The system of caves went on for miles.
The tour ended with a mini-museum exhibit featuring champagne making tools and instruments over the years.
When we surfaced again, we were taken to the tasting room.  The tour price varied depending on which tasting option was chosen.  Since we would likely only do this once, we decided to go for the fanciest and most expensive tasting.  We sampled a 2004 vintage, a Blanc de Blancs, and a Blanc de Noirs.
It was definitely an educational and fun tour - the opportunity to sip champagne at the end didn't hurt the experience either!



#DrJSabbatical Adriatics Africa Aix-en-Provence Algarve Americas Ann Arbor Argentina Asia Asia Pacific AUNZ AUNZ_Archive Australia Austria Baltics Barcelona Bath Belfast Belgium Berlin Best of Beyond Dublin Big Island Bologna Boston Brazil Brighton Bruges Brussels Bucharest Budapest Buffalo California Cambodia Canada Canary Islands Canterbury Cape Town Carcassonne Cardiff Central Europe Chile China Chinatown Christmas Market Civic Center Cologne Commute Chronicles Copenhagen Cork Costa Brava Cow Hollow Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Delhi Denmark Derry Donegal Dublin Dublin_Archive Dubrovnik Eastern Europe Edinburgh El Calafate England Eruption Essen Estonia Europe Europe_Archive Evora Fado Faro Faversham Financial District Finland Fisherman's Wharf Flanders Florida Flugtag Food France Frankfurt French Riviera Fringe Fringe Festival Galway Gandhi Gdansk Gdynia Georgian Dublin Germany GhostBus Gig Girona Glasgow Google Plus Granada Greece Greece and Cyprus Guest Posts Guiness Storehouse Gurgaon Half Moon Bay Hamburg Hangzhou Hanoi Hawaii HCMC Helsinki Hermanus Hilo Ho Chi Minh City Hobart Hoi An Honolulu Hungary Hurling Hyderabad Ice Cream Sandwich Iceland ICS India Inner Richmond Ireland Ireland_Archive Istanbul Italy Itinerary Izmir Jackson Square Jaipur Japan Johannesburg Kaunas Kenmare Kilauea Kilkenny Kilkenny Cats Killarney Kiluaea Kona Krakow Kuala Lumpur Kyoto Lake Como Languedoc Lanzarote Las Fallas Las Vegas Latvia Laurel Heights Leeds Leinster Leipzig Lemesos Let's French 2011 Liechtenstein Lima Limerick Lincoln's Inn Lisbon Lithuania Liverpool Lloret de Mar London Los Angeles Louisiana Lübeck Lucerne Machu Picchu Mackintosh Madeira Madrid Mainz Malaga Malaysia Mallorca Malta Manchester Marina Marrakech Marrakesh Marseille Massachusetts Med Melbourne Mendoza Menton Miami Milan Mission Dolores Modena Monaco Monte Carlo Montenegro Montpellier Morocco Muenster Munich Munster Music NA_Archive Naples Netherlands New Orleans New Year 2011 New Year Festival New Years Eve 2010 New York New Zealand Nice Nicosia Nob Hill Noe Valley Nordics Normandy Norrkoping North America North Beach Northern Ireland Nuremberg Oahu Oakland Oktoberfest Oliwa Ollantaytambo Olympics On The Road Osaka Outer Sunset Oxford Pacific Heights Padua Palafrugell Palma Panorama Paphos Paris Parma Patagonia Pearl Harbor Pennsylvania Perth Peru Philadelphia Pingyao Pittsburgh Poland Porto Portugal Potrero Hill Prague Presidio Heights Pride Provence Puerto Natales Punta Arenas Queensland RAF2010 Ranelagh Ranelagh Arts Festival Recent Red Bull Regensburg Reims Restaurant Review Reykjavik Riga Ring of Kerry Rio de Janeiro Rochester Roman Ruins Romania Rome Rotterdam Rugby Russia Russian Hill Salt Lake City San Francisco San Sebastian Santiago Scandinavia Science Gallery Science Museum Scotland Seattle Segovia Seoul Seville SF - Further Afield SF_Archive Sicily Siem Reap Singapore Sintra Sligo Snow SOMA Sopot South Africa South America South Beach South Korea Soweto Spain SPWC St. Petersburg Stellenbosch Stockholm Strasbourg Street Performance Stuttgart Sultanahmet Sweden Switzerland Sydney Tallinn Tasmania Tavira TBEX Telegraph Hill Temple Bar Tenerife Texas Thailand Thames Festival The Kruger The Mission Theatre ThisIsAthens Tipperary Tokyo Toledo Toronto Torres del Paine Toulouse Trad Trad Sessions Transylvania Trinity College Turkey UBTD10 Uganda UK Ulster Bank Theater Festival Union Square United States Uruguay Vacation Rental Valencia Valparaiso Venice Vienna Vietnam Vilnius Volcano Volcanoes National Park Waikiki Wales Walking Walking Tour Warsaw Washington Waterford Western Australia Westerplatte Westfield Where's Wally? Whitsundays Wicklow World Record World War II Wroclaw WWI WWII Xi'an York Ypsilanti Zurich
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Reims - A Taste of Champagne at Mumm
Reims - A Taste of Champagne at Mumm
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy