2000 Lanson "Noble Cuvée" Brut Champagne (Elsewhere $90)
Quite bright, fine and elegant on the nose. The complexity is subtly delivered, with lime and lemon citrus as the focus on the nose. The palate has lime sorbet flavor, really fine, focused acidity and a great sense of evenness. The duality of power and grace is quite masterfully delivered. Drink now or age for a further five years to catch this at its best.
Most Champagnes from the 2000 vintage are now mature, and this wine is no exception. It is soft, rounded with crisp fruits that have integrated with the crumbled-cookie tastes and fragrant acidity. This floral wine has just the edge of mineral texture and is ready to drink. (RV)
Racy acidity and fine texture frame this smoky version, with roast nut and oyster shell accents to the subtle flavors of buttered brioche, glazed apple and pear, spring blossom and lemon zest. (AN)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The "ultimate expression of the Lanson style" is made from predominantly Chardonnay and a third portion of Pinot Noir, all grand cru, and offers an intense bouquet of mocha, honey, hazelnut and nougat plus ripe and cooked apples. Pure, elegant and firmly structured on the palate this is an expressive 2000 Noble Cuvee de Lanson Millesime Brut Champagne with a toasty character and a really dry taste. Quite stimulating and complex. (SR)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid yellow-gold. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of fresh orchard fruits, nectarine and lemon zest, with a honeyed nuance adding depth. Sappy and powerful on the palate, offering intense, smoke-accented pear and candied citrus fruit flavors and notes of ginger and chamomile. Smoothly blends power and vivacity on the finish, which features suave floral and Meyer lemon qualities. (JR)