2002 Lanson "Gold Label" Vintage Brut Champagne

SKU #1088895 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (51% pinot noir and 49% chardonnay; L7130B80): Light, bright yellow-gold. Aromas of Meyer lemon, pear, chalky minerals and chamomile, with subtle anise and sweet butter nuances in the background. At once fleshy and focused, offering intense candied citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a touch of sweet butter. Finishes spicy and very long, with lingering floral and citrus notes and excellent clarity. This Champagne is approachable now but I'll bet that it will be even better in three to five years. Lanson's wines age extremely well, by the way.  (11/ 2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A smoke-tinged powerhouse, with a minerally undertow and firm acidity, offering refined texture and a subtle range of ground spice, ripe plum, whole-grain toast, crystallized honey and candied lemon zest notes. The creamy finish shows a hint of savory fleur de sel. Drink now through 2027.  (12/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Nutty, interesting nose. Some depth of flavour and attractive balance. Neat finish. Real character. 17/20 points.  (11/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This Champagne is composed of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay, both entirely from Grand Cru sites. Because Lanson never allows the wines to go through malo, this is a spectacularly fresh 11 year old that has lots of flowery Chardonnay character as the savory Pinot Noir side has yet to fully develop. This will be a spectacular bottle for the future if you can resist its ample charms right now. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/19/2013  | Send Email
This is serious vintage Champagne from one of historic houses in Reims. Lanson never allows their wines to go through malolactic fermentation, and this exceptionally young and fresh wine shows what a good call that can be when you have the patience to cellar your Champagne. The nose is full of high quality candied cherry from the top notch Pinot Noir that makes up half the blend and palate is full of Meyer lemon zing from the top notch Chardonnay that makes up the other. The finish is very long and chalky- I can't recommend this highly enough!
Drink from 2013 to 2022

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France

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