Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne
Firm and minerally, with a smoky undertow and well-meshed flavors of toasted walnut, pear tart, lemon meringue and fleur de sel riding the creamy mousse. Best from 2017 through 2020 (AN)
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)
*Editors' Choice* Like most Lanson wines, this nonvintage cuvée is a blend dominated by red grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). Ripe while also crisp and stylish, it has weight and richness while remaining well to the dry side of Brut. The bottling is ready to drink. (RV)
Bright and lively with a whisper of lemons in the background but always more yeasty than fruity, Lanson's basic Brut is a crisp, racy wine that is sprightly, dry and insistently fresh on the palate. Its creamy mousse is nicely sustained, and its cleansing, slightly tart finish shows a mildly minerally edge. It is not an especially rich Champagne, but it is very well-made in a style that invites drinking with sundry shellfish first courses.
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! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)