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Lanson Black Label Brut—A K&L Best-Seller from a Historic Name in Champagne - 11/27/2019 - Champagne

Since its founding in 1760, Lanson has been among the most notable names in the illustrious history of Champagne and a benchmark for aficionados of tradition. By 1900, the Lanson wines were so highly esteemed that they were declared the official Champagnes of the British Crown and have remained so ever since. Working from choice parcels in numerous premiers and grand crus, generations of Lanson winemakers have achieved a remarkable consistency of quality and style by mastering the art of blending and eschewing malolactic fermentation. The house has always conducted its winemaking with a focus on the balance of richness and finesse, and the flagship Black Label Brut is a stellar example of the tension that makes this one of the most versatile Champagnes on our shelves. This Pinot Noir-based blend is centered on Lanson’s signature, ultra-fine mousse, while opulent fruits and racy soil tones play off one another in thrilling fashion. There is virtually no meal or gathering where this wine won’t shine. It’s the perfect case-buy to satisfy your bubbles needs through the holidays and well into the new year.

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Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne ($34.99)

91 points John Gilman: "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." (08/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "The classic Lanson nonvintage label sums up the dry style of the house, with its emphasis on crisp fruit, a taut, almost mineral texture and an ability to age in the bottle. It can be drunk now although it will mature further. (RV)" (12/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A bright, accessible version, with well-cut, citrusy acidity and a lively, lightly creamy mousse carrying flavors of grainy green pear, ripe raspberry and grilled nut, showing a touch of chalky mineral. Disgorged January 2018. Drink now through 2021. 7,000 cases imported. (AN)" (12/2019)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "With brisk flavors ranging from green apple to orange and red raspberry, this wine emphasizes fresh fruit and chalky limestone acidity. Its clean and simply presented, ready to pour with briny oysters." (12/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (WK)" (08/2019)

Decanter: "Ripe and bold, with a silky texture and a dark, pinot-driven fruitiness, underlined by savoury notes of lees. (Panel Tasting)" (09/2019)

K&L Notes: This house is making a big comeback. A big toasty nose leads to a convincing, rich palate impression and a clean, refreshing finish. The wine is made from 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier, and vinified without malolactic fermentation. The fruit comes from all Grand and Premier Cru areas within Champagne and it tastes like it!

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2019

This wine is now aged for four years on the lees and shows it with wonderful toasty brioche notes on the generous nose. On the palate and the finish, this wine is impeccably clean and racy thanks to the blocked malolactic fermentation. This makes the wine not only a very refreshing aperitif, but also an excellent Champagne to pair with food and we found it a great partner for the sushi. The richer rolls were especially well married with this bottle.

Staff ImageNeal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2019

Using no malolactic fermentation, you get a lot of fresh fruit from this sparkler and all the creaminess comes from time spent aging on lees and extensive backstock of reserve wines going into this cuvee. The nose has pretty citrus, poached pears, and a lovely toastiness. The palate has brisk acidity, fresh pear, peach, yellow apple, and chalky minerality.

Staff ImageShaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 16, 2019

Lanson is back and with a bang! What a wonderful thing it is too. Nice richness, apple/peach fruit a lovely bready edge and a very nice texture. This is a Champagne that is easy to love.

Staff ImageChris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 15, 2019

A house that is just finding its groove again, The full Lanson lineup is full of killer juice and the "Black Label," cuvee is no exception. This is a clean, presise drink that's full of plusher doughy notes underneath the great acidity. An aperitivo extraordinaire, this is a great production from a historic house.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 15, 2019

Lanson has taken the past few years to vastly improve its quality and practices, and its efforts have certainly paid off. With 4 years of aging on the lees and 30% reserve wine going back to 1998, one would think this would be a very toasty, rich Champagne. That is not the case. Because this wine does not go through malolactic fermentation there is a beautiful line of acidity here, thought the brioche and slightly yeasty characters still peak through. One of the original Champagne houses, dating back to the 1760's, Lanson needs to find its way onto your radar as a very affordable, delicious, powerhouse producer.