Champagne Lanson NV 'Black Label' Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Lanson NV 'Black Label' Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 10354

UPC: 0-692743002863

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Champagne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 35% Chardonnay / 50% Pinot Noir / 15% Pinot Meunier
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5

An emblematic cuvée, Lanson Black Label owes its name to Victor Lanson, a passionate visionary who in 1937 wished to pay homage to the key market of the House at the time, Great Britain. The color black, the symbol of elegance, was a natural choice for this Champagne dominated by Pinot Noir. The style is constant throughout the years, a balance between power and elegance, strong wine aromas and finesse, truly characteristic of the Lanson style.

Winemaking Notes: Wines from different plots are vinified separately. No malolactic fermentation occurs. Through numerous tasting sessions they are assessed and classed according to their aromatic family. Blending is the art of creating a wine that is superior to the sum of its parts. The richness of the grape varieties and crus is complemented by the richness of different years. Adding reserve wines helps to amplify the quality of young wines. The Black Label is composed of reserve wines and more than 10 different years of harvests. The wine is left to age in the cellar for at least three years before release.

Tasting Notes: After aging for a minimum of 3 years in the cellars, Lanson Black Label is harmonious and fully matured. It has a brilliant, clear color with amber highlights and a joyful stream of fine bubbles. The nose reveals springtime aromas as well as some subtle toasty and honey notes. On the palate the bouquet of ripe fruit and citrus give the wine a well-rounded feel, but one that is light with its fresh finish.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (1/14/2015)

    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.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (11/15/2017)

    This creamy Champagne is bright and citrus, offering an expressive and well-meshed mix of ripe blackberry, pastry dough and pickled ginger flavors, followed by a racy finish. Disgorged October 2016.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (11/20/2018)

    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.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/30/2019)

    Disgorged in January 2018, the latest release of Lanson's NV Brut Black Label is showing well, offering up aromas of warm biscuits, crisp orchard fruit, dried citrus rind and toasted brioche. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied and crisp but fleshy, with the house's non-malo style tempered by a generous core of fruit, concluding with a long, chalky finish. This is a very creditable non-vintage cuvée that has the cut and structure to evolve in the cellar.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 92 (8/15/2020)

    Black Label remains the confident barometer of Lanson, and Herve Dantan's first blend is a class act, a resounding statement of his talent in preserving the style and integrity of the house while meticulously polishing the edges. It's a very important cuvee in the grand scheme of Champagne; one of the best and most consistent of the bargain set.