(38% chardonnay, 37% pinot noir and 25% pinot meunier; lot S/51162.02): Pale gold. Spicy pear, melon and white peach scents and flavors are lifted by a note of tangerine. Emphatically fruity, showing good depth and energy for its sweetness. Closes smooth and long, with a touch of ginger adding bite. Spicy Asian dishes or strong cheeses would be fantastic with this plush Champagne. (JR)
As In noted last year, Lanson’s 'White Label' Sec includes more chardonnay in the blend than their non-vintage Brut bottling of 'Black Label', as the wine is comprised of a blend of thirty-eight percent chardonnay, thirty-seven percent pinot noir and twenty-five percent pinot meunier. Like all Lanson wines, it does not undergo malo, which gives a good spine of acidity to carry the higher dosage of a Sec. The bouquet on the current release offers up scents of apple, peach, bread dough, a nice touch of minerality, orange blossoms and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and shows a nice base of minerality, with plenty of sweetness (nicely buttressed by zesty acids), frothy mousse, good length and grip and a well-balanced finish. This is a tad too sweet for my palate for casual sipping, but I would like this very much with a not too sweet dessert. It is a very well-made example of Sec. (Drink between 2016-2025)
Dry Sec in Champagne-speak means not quite dry. This wine with its creamed-apple flavor is just that. However, the texture isn't really soft because the wine also has the good acidity associated with this producer's other Champagnes. Drink this wine now, probably as an aperitif. (RV)
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