Pernod Ricard has lined up another vintage from its Mumm Champagne brand for the UK market.

The drinks giant confirmed yesterday (8 August) that the 1998 version of the Champagne will be available in both the UK on- and off-trade. Consisting primarily of Pinot Noir, the vintage also has one third Chardonnay from Cramant and Avize in the region.

"The near perfect weather during Summer '98 ensured a top quality vintage across most of the Champagne region," said Didier Mariotti, Mumm's cellar master. "We were able to pick very healthy grapes of moderate maturity: the sugar-acid balance was similar to 1992, 1989 and 1985; a very promising sign, giving the 1998 vintage superb potential."

The Champagne will carry a recommended retail price of GBP30.49 (US$61.85) per bottle.