Lanson ‘Black Label’, ‘Rosé Label’ and ‘White Label’ Champagne Brut NV

19-Jan-2016
The house of Lanson is one of Champagne’s oldest, being founded in 1760 by Francois Delamotte and his wife with significant vineyards in Cumieres and Ay. The company name changed to Lanson in 1855 with the increasing involvement of the Lanson family with the Delamottes. The character and quality of the wines has always been held in high regard, part of this due to the winemaking without MLF. Despite significant changes in ownership, namely Moet purchasing the company in 1991 and reselling, keeping he vast majority of its vineyard holdings, the standard has remained remarkably consistent. Many critics attribute this stability to the work of and maintenance of fruit sources by winemaker Jean-Paul Gandon, with the house since 1972, and Herve Dantan joining in 2013 and now taking over from Gandon. The house is now part of Lanson-BCC, the second largest group after Moet. Here, I review the Lanson ‘Black Label’, Rosé and ‘White Label’ wines, the latter recommended by Lanson to experiment with by adding fruits and herbs to enhance the aromatics. Lanson Champagnes are distributed in New Zealand by Treasury Wine Estates. www.lanson.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Lanson ‘Black Label’ Champagne Brut NV
  • Lanson ‘Rosé Label’ Champagne Brut NV
  • Lanson ‘White Label’ Champagne Sec NV

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