Lanson Brut Rosé Champagne
*EDITORS' CHOICE* The palest of rosÚs inside the pinkest of bottles. It is deliciously dry, packed with tight acidity, only hinting at red fruits, a wine that shows crispness, freshness, but also a good weight of ripe citrus and red currant fruits.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(53% pinot noir, 32% chardonnay and 15% pinot meunier; L7451C87): Bright orange-pink. Cherry pit, orange, lavender and buttered toast on the fragrant nose. Supple and expansive on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering zesty red fruit and floral pastille flavors that pick up smokiness and minerality with air. The orange and mineral notes carry through a long, focused, mineral- and spice-accented finish of great clarity.
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 rosÚ 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)