Mumm Cuvee Napa
When Guy Devaux decided to expand the G. H. Mumm Champagne House to the United States, he immersed himself in finding the terroir that best reflected the Champagne region. In 1976, he decided that Carneros was what he was looking for. However, Devaux decided to build his production facilities in the Rutherford AVA.
The winemaking philosophy of Mumm Cuvee Napa is derived from the Champagne region of France. This traditional style of sparkling wine production is reflected in the classic elegance of their sparkling wine. Although traditional, there is a distinct Napa Valley flare to all of their wines.
The majority of the grapes Mumm uses comes from their Devaux Vineyard in Carneros. The poor soils and cool, windy climate of this region produce fruit that is perfectly suited for sparkling wine production.
The other grapes that are used in Mumm’s sparkling wines are sourced from first-rate vineyards located in Yountville and Oakville. Each of these distinct growing regions add flavor and texture to the complexity of wines made by Mumm Cuvee Napa.
Today, the winemaking team is lead by Ludovic Dervin. Dervin was born in Champagne, France and has a rich family history of sparkline wine production. Although Dervin primarily uses traditional methods, he is no stranger to innovation.
The 1998 DVX Brut is one of the best American sparkling wines that I have ever tasted. Balance is the key to this wine. It has an acidic, yet creamy profile on the palate that is rarely found outside of Champagne. New World sparkling wines have come a long way in the past decade and this wine is a great example of the progress that has been made.
The Mumm Cuvee Napa NV Brut Prestige is a classic sparkling wine that pairs very well with light seafood. It is extremely refreshing and priced well.