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A you new to champagne? Looking for some great introductory wines? This trio gift pack is an excellent launching pad to beginning your champagne journey. Or if you are simply after quality for value champagne, look no further. With names like Mumm, Ayala and Charles Collin, you will not be disappointed.
Included in the Mumm & Friends Champagne Gift Pack:
1 x G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge (750ml)
1 x Ayala Brut Majeur (750ml)
1 x Charles Collin Brut (750ml)
All gift packs are beautifully gift wrapped in our signature Emperor boxes and we can include a hand-written gift message.
About G.H. Mumm:
One of the big guns of the champagne world, G.H. Mumm is the champagne enjoyed at most parties and many sporting events from the Melbourne Cup to the Grand Prix. Its iconic red sash is associated with a daring character that is embodied throughout their teams globally and all the way to their cellar. We love heading up the Mumm Champagne ladder with their outstanding and rare Mumm de Cramant for a touch of refined elegance.
This house was established in 1860 by Edmond de Ayala, the son of a Colombian diplomat. The family had roots in Spain, as Edmond de Ayala’s great-grandfather, Don Antonio de Ayala y Vergara, was named Chancellor of New Grenada in 1750 by King Ferdinand VI, setting sail for what was to later become Colombia. Edmond de Ayala’s father, Don Rafael de Ayala y Lozano, was a senior officer in the Colombian army and later the General Consul of Colombia in Paris.
The house was completely destroyed in the Champagne riots of 1911, yet remarkably, it was rebuilt and ready to restart production by 1913. In 1922 it was sold to the Lefebvre family, but the recession beginning in 1929 proved to be catastrophic, and the house was sold in 1934 to the British bank Guinness. It was put up for auction in 1937 and purchased by René Chayoux, the son of an Epernay wine merchant. Chayoux was actively involved in various business affairs in the region, and eventually became co-president of the CIVC from 1944 to 1955. He enlisted Jean-Michel Ducellier, director of the CIVC and a former finance director of Charles Heidsieck, to help him run the house, and upon Chayoux’s death in 1969, Ducellier assumed responsibility for the house until his retirement in 1995.
About Charles Collin:
Champagne Charles Collin was founded in 1952 in the heart of the Côte des Bar region and represents over 140 grape growers with 330 hectares of vines, making them one of the largest producers in the region. Based across two sites in Fontette and Essoyes, which is coincidentally also the home of the famous impressionist Auguste Renoir. They produce an excellent range of champagne at their state-of-the-art facility, from their award-winning Brut right through to their Prestige Cuvée – Cuvée Charles, in honour of their founder Charles Collin who was the man behind the grower vision back in the early 50’s.Over 90% of the vineyards are planted with Pinot noir, the remainder being planted with chardonnay. This is reflected in the range with the wines showing purity, expression and finesse. They are a young and dynamic team led by the talented winemaker Guillaume Cartier.
G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge: Made from a rich palette of more than 120 villages representing all the diversity of the Champagne region. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Aged for minimum 20 months.
Ayala Brut Majeur: 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier; sourced from 25 villages; aged 3 years on lees; 7g/L dosage.
Charles Collin Brut: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, with 20 to 25% of reserve wines. Ageing : 3 years minimum. Dosage : 9 g/l.