Champagne Lanson Extra-Age brut

Date: 28/05/2013
Degorgement: 07/2012

Despite an ancient tradition and a very high standard, Lanson is a little-known fashion house in Italy. Lanson has a common origin with the Maison Delamotte, in 1760 Francois Delamotte creates his own fashion house of champagne. The son Nicolas Louis Delamotte, Knight of the Order of Malta, chooses as the maltese cross symbol. In 1837, a member of Nicolas Louis Lanson changes the name of the house in Lanson et Cie. Since the beginning there is a great deal of attention to foreign markets, and in particular England and in 1900 by Queen Victoria Lanson gets the mark of the Royal Warrant, which is still present on the bottles. In 1937, Victor Lanson rename the cuvée sans année calling Black Label, the English name says a lot about the importance of that market.Lanson-extra_age_brut
Since 1980, the year in which the family sells the house to Gardinier Lanson Group, one another several changes of ownership, until 2006, the year in which it outlines its current appearance with the group Lanson-BCC (headed by Bruno Paillard) owner Lanson, Philipponnat, De Venoge, Boizel, Besserat de Bellefon and Chanoine.
After this long introduction let’s talk a little about Champagne Lanson Extra Age Brut, XA for friends, this cuvée exists in three forms: brut, rosé and blanc de blancs, the common feature is the assembly of thousandths of exception from grand cru vineyards and premier cru, and of course to a maturation on the lees for at least five years. Like all the Lanson champagne, even age does not carry extra malolactic fermentation and has the month of disgorgement on the label. Given the particular style of Lanson and the absence of malolactic advice to open their champagne from at least 8/9 after disgorgement.
That tasted on this occasion is the extra brut age, a blend of Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot Noir (60%) from the villages of Avize, Chouilly, Oger, Vertus, Verzenay and Bouzy, which includes three vintages: 2000, 2002 and 2004. Disgorgement 07/2012, the dosage is to 6g / L. The champagne is in the glass with a nice deep golden color, very fine bubbles that rise to the numerous board. The nose has a beautiful complexity, rich, but with a fund of fresh, slightly spicy. In the mouth it is immediately generous with candied citrus peel, ripe peach, slightly bitter taste, in the end comes out the freshness of lime and a nice lively acidity and scintillating. One particular champagne which represents well the style of the house with this contrast between wealth and freshness. It is never too austere, but always generous and enjoyable.
Very enjoyable on its own, maybe later in the evening, however versatile at the table with a nice steak tartare is not too seasoned. View aromatic richness would see well with dishes based on truffles or porcini mushrooms.
In conclusion, this champagne I liked very personal style, but not too difficult. Rating 89/100

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