Pernod Ricard has lined up a G.H. Mumm prestige cuvee Champagne for the US.

The company, which launched the Cuvée R. Lalou 1998 vintage in the UK last September, said late last week that the portfolio addition will also be released in the US, at a suggested retail price of US$159.99.

The Cuvée R. Lalou is the offspring of the Cuvée René Lalou, originally launched in 1966 and last released in 1985.

"The 1998 R. Lalou is the culmination of generations of winemaking expertise and marks a return to the roots of G. H. Mumm, both literally and figuratively," said Didier Mariotti, the current chef de caves at G.H. Mumm. "Fusing the wisdom of preceding generations with recent advances in winemaking technology, we are confident that we have finally produced the cuvée about which René Lalou first dreamed."

The 1998 R. Lalou is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.