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Lanson Champagne "Le Black Label" Brut Champagne, France NV


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PRODUCT OVERVIEW/REVIEWS:
Among the ways in which champagne is unique among sparkling wines is its long aging on the lees (by-products of fermentation), which takes place in the bottle itself. Lees aging, and the resulting process of autolysis*, contribute an inimitable character to the wine, giving it a particular type of complexity, finesse, texture, and depth.**

Founded in 1760, Maison Lanson is one of Champagne's oldest houses, making great Champagne for 260 years and still counting. Lanson Champagnes enjoy a lengthy aging process, three times longer than the official requirements of the appellation; this allows the 'Le Black Label' Brut to combine both maturity and vitality. Lanson matures its Champagnes for at least 4 years in its cellars to develop outstanding complexity.***

A blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Meunier, Lanson "Le Black Label" stays true to the origins of Champagne, eschewing malolactic fermentation and conveying a unique freshness. The meticulous selection of the Village Crus, including historical cornerstones such as Dizy, Verzenay, and Trépail, and the strong presence of reserve wines preserve the constancy of the style across the years. Champagne Lanson uses 30% to 40% of reserve wines, some aged for over 20 years, for consistency of style and aromatic intensity. Its freshness and elegance will seduce both the sprightly enthusiast and the most seasoned connoisseurs.***

The NV Lanson Champagne Le Black Label Brut presents light and clear in the glass with amber highlights and a smattering of fine bubbles. The aromatics are of fruity notes of Poire William, apples, and citrus fruits that compliment the aromas of freshly baked pastries. There are flavors of ripe orchard fruits, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruit that awaken the palate. Notes of brioche and dried fruit add a touch of maturity. (winery tasting notes)

Check out the press!

92 points, Decanter:
"50% pinot Nnoir, 35% chardonnay, and 15% meunier from 100 villages in all, and including 30% reserves from 10 vintages back; a small proportion now being produced with malolactic. "Le 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." (5/31/20)

91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"The classic Lanson nonvintage label sums up the dry style of the house, with its emphasis on crisp fruit, a taut, almost mineral texture, and an ability to age in the bottle. It can be drunk now although it will mature further." (12/19)

91 points, 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." (11/15/21)

90 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine:
"With brisk flavors ranging from green apple to orange and red raspberry, this wine emphasizes fresh fruit and chalky limestone acidity. It’s clean and simply presented, ready to pour with briny oysters." (12/19)

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Producer Name:​ Lanson​
Old/New World:​ Old World​
Country of Origin:​ France​
Region:​ Champagne​
Appellation:​ AOC​
Grape Varietals:​ 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15 % Pinot Meunier,
Vintage:​ NV ​
Product Type:​ Wine​
Wine Style:​ ​Sparkling Wine
Viticultural Features:​ sourced from 100 Cru Villages, 50% of which are Premier & Grand Cru.​​
Winemaking Techniques:​ Lanson matures its Champagnes for at least 4 years in its cellars to develop outstanding complexity.​
Winemaker:​ Hervé Dantan​
ABV:​12.5%​
Pack/Size:​12/750​
Container Type:​ Classic Champagne ​
Closure Style:​ Cork and cage​
*Autolysis is a chemical reaction between the wine and the lees by which enzymes break down the dead yeast cells, producing amino acids and releasing proteins and carbohydrates into the wine. It imparts characteristics in a wine such as richness and creaminess as well as aromas of bread dough, toast or brioche. It is a key element of the traditional method of making sparkling wine, such as Champagne. (Wine Spectator)
**From Peter Liem, The Champagne Guide
*** from importer and winery notes

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