FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE
The history of the Mumm estate goes back to the entrepreneurial wine merchant Gottlieb Mumm, who in 1811 approached the Schloss Johannisberg estate with a proposal to purchase the entire harvest – quite a risky move since there had been one poor vintage after another from 1808 to 1810. For Gottlieb Mumm, however,it proved to be a case of “fortune favours the brave”: 1811 went down in thehistory of the Rheingau as a “comet vintage” and Mumm acquired 60,000 litres of outstanding Riesling.
With the proceeds he was able to purchase choice vineyards in Johannisberg and elsewhere in the Rheingau, thereby laying the foundation for the large, private estate’s 65 ha of vines.
The estate’s vineyard area comprises 65 hectares in 16 individual sites in the villages of Assmannshausen, Rüdesheim, Geisenheim, Johannis-bergand Winkel. Of the seven sites in Johannisberg, three – Schwarzenstein, Hansenberg and Mittelhölle – are almost completely in sole ownership.
GH Von Mumm 'Trocken' Spatburgunder Pinot Noir 2009 is sweet but not jammy, bacon, hint of chocolate from the oak, a bit new worldy but has sufficient minerality and acidity to ensure balance and elegance, velvety, good length, oak present but neither dry nor dominant, well made.