The present bottling of Lanson (Black) Label in the market was disgorged in October of 2017. The wine is drinking very nicely, offering up a complex nose of apple, a touch of peach, lovely soil tones, fresh-baked bread and incipient smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and focused, with a good core, pinpoint bubbles, fine acids and a long, complex and well-balanced finish. This has the cut and backend bounce of a non-malo bubbly, but with the acids beautifully buffered. A fine Brut NV. (Drink between 2018-2035)
Light gold. Aromas of nectarine, pear and lemon curd, with subtle ginger, lees and floral accents. Sappy orchard and citrus fruit flavors are given spine by tangy acidity and pick up spiciness and a chalky nuance with air. Powerful yet lithe and focused, finishing with very good clarity and length and lingering spiciness. (JR)
Lanson's big seller remains crisp and fruity, with a tight, bright character and a mineral texture. Without any malolactic fermentation, the wine retains freshness and delicious acidity. Drink now. (RV)
A firm Champagne, with an almost monolithic frame of acidity, softened somewhat by a lacy mousse that conveys a delicate mesh of black cherry, lemon granita, pastry and candied ginger flavors. Disgorged October 2017. Drink now through 2021. (AN)
Based on 2013. Disgorged January 2017. Dosage 9 g/l. Current release. 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier. 100 base wines; the reserve wine may come from 10 different vintages. From 2013 there is some non-malo wine. There is a tiny bit of malo wine in this blend. Smoky, fumy nose -- really reminiscent of bonfires! Seems almost sweet on palate entry. Lots of energy and approachability. Well done! Nose reminds me of a very good Grosses Gewächs Riesling. (JR)
Very fresh citrus and green apple aromas on the nose, really pristine, airy and bright; some floral notes and chalky minerals too. The palate has a very direct, crisp and assertive style to it, nothing aggressive though. It tingles with acidity carrying citrus and green apple flavor nice and deep. Drink now or hold for two to three years to soften it out.
The youngest release of the NV Black Label Brut is based on 2011 (75%) and 25% reserve wines from many vintages. Disgorged in October 2015, the Black Label displays ripe white and lemony fruit flavors on the fresh and nutty nose. Round, elegant, lean and fresh on the palate, but still a bit austere in the grippy finish, it should be aged for several years to soften its acidic style, which will show much better with maturity. This should be excellent with oysters and raw fish. (SR)
Generously round, this is an easy, approachable Champagne with toasty scents and gentle lime-like acidity. It has the texture of a cream puff, making it an appealing aperitif.
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