Friday, 4 July 2014

Celebrate summer

Champagne G.H.Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Formula One, £32.09, Tesco

Adorned with the victorious laurel crown and the number one, this limited edition bottle complete with the brand’s fabled red sash from the official sponsor of Formula One since 2000, is the perfect sparkler to create your own celebratory podium moment.

It was, apparently, 16 years after the creation of the World Championship in 1950, that Jo Siffert accidentally started the champagne spraying celebration. Although champagne had been around the victors since the early days of motor racing, after winning his category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while on the podium, the cork popped out of his overheated bottle showering the crowd below. Dan Gurney obviously was impressed and celebrated his 1967 win by doing it on purpose. He started a tradition for motor racing. 

If you prefer to drink it rather than throw it over onlookers, you won’t be disappointed. Mumm has been around for 187 years, so it should know how to produce a good champagne. Cordon Rouge Brut, the house’s most well-known wine, is a balanced and well-rounded sparkler bursting with flavours of apples and lemons sweetened with honey. A pleasure on its own or with food.

By Daralyn Danns