Champagne Lanson

Hervé Dantan, Chef de Cave

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Reims, Champagne
People: Philippe Baijot, Owner | Hervé Dantan, Chef de Cave

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Champagne Lanson is one of the oldest existing Champagne houses, making some of the world’s finest champagnes since 1760. Over the years, the winemakers behind this famous label have carefully perfected their art, passing down the secrets of their craft from one generation to the next. The freshness and energy that are key to the Lanson style are closely linked to the House’s historic commitment to using a traditional winemaking method, without malolactic fermentation. Lanson emphasizes the fruit and the richness of aromas in search for purity in its wines. Present on the five continents, Lanson is especially renowned in England, where it has held a Royal Warrant continuously since 1900, awarded by Queen Victoria.

The History of Champagne Lanson
The House of Lanson was founded in 1760 by François Delamotte, an influential character in Reims society. In 1798, Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, his younger son, took over Having been admitted as a knight of the Order of Malta at a very young age, he decided to use the Maltese Cross as the House’s emblem. Now revised, the Lanson cross has become the icon of the company. Jean-Baptiste Lanson, a long-standing friend and later associate of the Delamottes, gradually began to play an increasingly important role in the management of the house. After an agreement between the two families, he succeeded Nicolas-Louis Delamotte on the latter’s death and renamed the business Maison J-B Lanson et Compagnie.

In 1855, Victor-Marie Lanson, Jean-Baptiste’s son, took over. The house then took the name Lanson Père et Fils. Jean-Baptiste worked to develop the business outside France, and particularly in Great Britain. He signed the first exclusive agent’s contract with the well-established Percy Fox company in London. This contract lasted a hundred years and gave the house a dominant position in Great Britain.

The House developed steadily and won increasing numbers of admirers among connoisseurs, including crowned heads – The House of Lanson has been the official supplier to the British court since 1900, when Henri Marie Lanson was awarded the title of “Purveyor of Champagne to Her Majesty” by Queen Victoria. Later, Lanson also became the only champagne of the principality of Monaco.

Victor Lanson then took the helm in 1928. He had a considerable influence on the House’s history, and would become known as the “great ambassador of Champagne.” In 1937, he wanted to promote sales of non-vintage dry wine and decided to name the blend Black Label in honor of their biggest market, Great Britain. He was also one of the first to develop rosé champagne. Etienne Lanson, one of Victor’s sons, joined the House alongside his father. He took over in 1967 and decided to conserve vintages in the cellars to develop a unique wine library, from which the House still benefits today.

In 1972, Jean-Paul Gandon joined the Lanson and in 1986 became the winemaker – a role he held for almost 30 years! In 2013, Hervé Dantan joined, working alongside Jean-Paul Gandon. In 2015, after two years of sharing and passing on the secrets of Champagne Lanson’s production, he has now taken on the great responsibility of being the house’s chef de cave.

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Reviews

  • Lanson NV 'Green Label' Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (6/29/2018)

    The intensely straw-yellow colored wine shows a nicely clear, fresh and aromatic yet delicate bouquet with flowery, brioche and some nutty aromas of ripe white fruits such as pears and apples along with some lemon notes. The palate is lean, light but intense, dry, fresh and elegant and is provided with ripe, well-textured fruit, good structure and stimulating citrus flavors in the persistent finish. This is a characterful new entry into the Lanson portfolio and indeed more than just greenwashing. It's great as an aperitif and with white fish.
  • Lanson NV 'Green Label' Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (11/30/2019)

    Racy acidity enlivens this lithe and vibrant Champagne, with the finely detailed mousse carrying well-knit flavors of black currant, slivered almond and whole-grain toast, revealing apple blossom, chalk and citrus accents on the finish. Drink now thought 2024.
  • Lanson NV 'Green Label' Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/30/2019)

    Disgorged in March 2018, the latest release of Lanson's NV Brut Green Label is showing very well, offering up aromas of buttered green orchard fruit, waxy citrus rind, white flowers and brioche. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, lively and charming, with a crisply fleshy core of fruit, ripe but racy acids, and a nicely defined finish. It's a Pinot Noir-domainted blend sourced from an estate vineyard in Verneuil, and the grapes from which it is made are certified organic.
  • Lanson (1.5 L) NV 'Rose Label' Brut Rose, Champagne AOC
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (12/1/2020)

    With a dosage veering towards dryness, this Champagne has freshness, red fruits and a liveliness that makes it immediately attractive. The acidity and the light tannic edge will let the bottling age, although, really, it is delicious now.
  • Lanson NV 'Green Label' Brut, Champagne AOC
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 94 (12/1/2020)

    From a Lanson-owned vineyard, the Domaine de la Malmaison, this Champagne is beautifully balanced with steely acidity as well as a structure that gives the bottling aging potential. The wine's white- and yellow-fruit flavors are lifted by the pure line of acidity at the end. Drink now. Organic and biodynamic.