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Lanson is one of the oldest Houses in Champagne having been established in 1760 by Francois Delamotte. After a very brief tenureship under LVMH Lanson was bought (minus the vineyards) by Marne et Champagne. Lanson has had, shall we say, a rather colourful history. One thing, however, has stayed constant, namely the House's commitment to a style which involves the suppression of the malolactic fermentation with a concomitant purity and honesty evidenced in its flavour profile. Now, with the quality of the fruit improved, the ownership secure and the ageing régime lengthened, the results are impressive indeed. Orchard fruit with a steely, flinty backdrop, then hints of sherbet, meringue and biscuit, a generous mousse, and a rich finish. Its Non Vintage Black label Brut Champagne is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier.
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There is something about the combination of Lanson and the passing of time which beguiles; it’s not all to do with their suppression of the malolactic fermentation although this clearly plays a part in ageing process. The Extra Age is a multi-vintage blend, the vintages in question being in this instance 1999, 2002 and 2003. With 60% Chardonnay sourced in great vineyards of the Côte de Blancs ( Chouilly, Avize, Oger and Vertus) and 40% Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards in Vernazay and Bouzy, then a very generous five year elevage, this is a wine of outstanding pedigree. The nose is mature and attractive with brioche and winter pear to the fore; then comes a palate which is rounded and rich, the hints of honey and spice underlining the age and quality, which is outstanding. (Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
Bottle 6 x 75cl