Lanson Brut Rosé Champagne
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(53% pinot noir, 32% chardonnay and 15% pinot meunier; L3/S 1662.02; disgorged in May, 2013): Bright orange. Mineral-accented aromas of strawberry and tangerine, with a floral overtone. Dry, focused and brisk, offering tangy red berry and bitter blood orange flavors and a bracing jolt of chalky minerals. Closes racy and long, with lingering minerality and a hint of toasty lees.
Wine & Spirits
There’s a dark, umami richness to this wine, bringing to mind sautéed wild mushrooms and veal stock. There’s also a flinty edge wiring it tight. Vinous and dry, this is built for rillettes.
Dry and crisp, this is a delicious rosé that has both ripe fruit and a tight line of acidity. Its red fruits are laced with fresh citrus character and an underlying touch of toast. This is a bottling that can improve with age, but is great now.
Fresh and aromatic, with an overtone of orchard blossom to flavors of black cherry candy, gumdrop, pound cake and fresh ginger. Offers a clean, minerally finish. Drink now through 2017.
Pale tawny. Gentle and slightly floral. Very easy and fully resolved but good refreshing acidity. A really good, well balanced, complete drink.
This dry, racy rosé has great toastiness and an exceptionally fine bead. It is composed of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier, with 7% Bouzy rouge giving the Champagne its color. It has been aged for three years on the lees and is dosed at only 9 grams per liter. Like all of Lanson's Champagnes, the wine is fermented in stainless steel without malolactic. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)