Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Melon, yellow apple, white flowers and buttered toast on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Round and fleshy on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate. Finishes stony and long, with good vivacity and a lingering floral note.
**Editors' Choice** A rich wine with crisp apple and grapefruit flavors as well as a touch of sweetness, Lanson’s non-vintage Brut always has fine acidity with just a hint of toast indicating some bottle age. It’s bottled ready to drink.
Wine & Spirits
Flinty, smoky and rooty, this builds freshness from underneath the reductive notes, yielding floral lemon scents. It’s round and balanced. For aperitifs.
Subtle flavors of pear and white cherry are underscored by smoke, bread dough and spice notes in this balanced bubbly, which ends with a citrusy finish. Disgorged March 2013. Drink now.
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)