Champagne Lanson Black Label Brut Sparkling Wine 750 ml
92 rating Decanter
“50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier from 100 villages in all, and including 30% reserves from 10 back vintages; a small proportion now being produced with malolactic. Black Label remains the confident barometer of Lanson, and Hervé Dantan’s first blend is a class act, a resounding statement of his talent in preserving the style and integrity of the house while meticulously polishing the edges. It’s a very important cuvée in the grand scheme of Champagne: one of the best and most consistent of the bargain set.”
91 rating Wine Spectator
“Racy acidity is tightly meshed to flavors of ripe red and black currant, preserved lemon, chopped almond and honeycomb in this sleek Champagne, with a fine, chalky bead. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
90 rating Jeb Dunnuck
“The flagship of the brand, the NV Champagne Black Label Brut release is based on a fairly recent vintage with 40% blended with reserve wine spanning 10 vintages. Some of the reserve wine is aged in cask, the remainder in stainless steel. The nose is expressive and fragrant with ripe red fruits, white strawberry, red roses, and brioche. The palate is juicy and round, with primary juicy Anjou pear, Mirabel plum, and honeycomb. A crowd pleaser, this is perfect as an aperitif and for parties.”
Established in 1760 the house of Lanson is one of Champagne’s oldest and was part of the first wave of Champagne houses from 1729 with Ruinart with the likes of Clicquot, Moet, Taittinger, Roederer and others. When the French governement permited wine to be shipped in bottle (instead of only in barrel). This made Champagne possible and the enterprising Champenois didn’t waste any time. Lanson became a favorite of the Champagen guzzling Brits and earned a Royal Warrant in 1900 making them official purveyors to the British royal family. Later on they became the official bubbles at Wimbledon.
Being one of the oldest is a blessing for a Champagne house. This begins on the vine. Lanson has 57 hectares their own vineyards 16 of which are organically or biodynamcally cultivated. They also have long term contracts with with top growers of Grand Cru quality grapes. Their extensive library of reserve wines is another privilege of Lanson enjoys. This broad palatte of wines used for blending adds depth and subtlety to the various cuvees produced at Lanson.
The organic cultivation in the vineyard as well as the attention to detail in the winemaking is beyond what the founders of Lanson could have imagined. Dosages getting leaner and more vineyard character is expressed in the various cuvees. For richness some light barrel aging and even a little malo lactic conversion is being employed as well.
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