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Lanson "Green Label" Brut Champagne

SKU #1381502 92 points John Gilman

 The new Lanson 'Green Label' non-vintage Brut is the first wine from this fine Champagne house made entirely from organically-farmed grapes certified by Eco-Cert. This is an important and very laudable step from Lanson and I was very happy to find the wine absolutely superb. The wine hails from eight hectares of vines that Lanson bought from LeClerc-Briant when the proprietor of this house passed away in 2010, and which had been farmed biodynamically for several years prior to the sale. The cépages here is a bit different from the Black Label bottling, as the blend is made up of fifty percent pinot noir, thirty percent pinot meunier and twenty percent chardonnay. The new release was disgorged in March of 2018 and is from the superb base year of 2012; it was finished with a dosage of nine grams per liter. The wine offers up a complex nose of white peach, chalky soil tones, patissière, a touch of smokiness and a lovely, gently floral topnote from the high percentage of pinot meunier in the blend. On the palate the wine is crisp, full and focused, with a very good core, refined mousse and very good length and grip on the vibrant and wide open finish. The extended period aging sur latte has allowed the wine to blossom beautifully and this is drinking with bounce and generosity today. Fine juice. (Drink between 2018-2035)  (8/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Lanson's NV Green Label Brut is the house's first organically--even biodynamically--farmed Champagne and is certified by several European labels, including Ecocert and Agriculture Biologique (AB). The blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier is exclusively sourced from an estate vineyard at Verneuil, in the heart of the Marne Valley. The intensely straw-yellow colored wine shows a nicely clear, fresh and aromatic yet delicate bouquet with flowery, brioche and some nutty aromas of ripe white fruits such as pears and apples along with some lemon notes. The palate is lean, light but intense, dry, fresh and elegant and is provided with ripe, well-textured fruit, good structure and stimulating citrus flavors in the persistent finish. This is a characterful new entry into the Lanson portfolio and indeed more than just greenwashing. It's great as an aperitif and with white fish. Aged for three years, it was disgorged in October 2017 with a dosage of eight grams. (SR)  (6/2018)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 In 2010, Lanson purchased 32 acres in Verneuil from Leclerc Briant, which had farmed the parcels under biodynamics since 2002. Lanson has since added ten acres in Verneuil to the property they call Domaine de la Malmaison. The vineyards are organically certified, providing the fruit for Lanson’s new Green Label. This first release is rich and direct, presenting its clean red-cherry flavors with a perfumed, floral lemon note to the acidity. A touch of smoky lees adds toastiness to the finish--a classical aperitif Champagne with an organic pedigree.  (12/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made from organically grown grapes (hence Green Label), this wine is very much in the crisp Lanson style. The rich character is tensely textured, full of tight minerality as well as green fruits and wonderful final acidity. (RV)  (12/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Well-cut and smoky, this savory Champagne layers a minerally overtone with notes of fresh-cut apple, grapefruit sorbet and spring blossom. Vivid acidity firms the finish. Disgorged March 2018. Drink now through 2020. (AN)  (11/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Certified organic. Disgorged September 2016. L6/S4628 - 02. Tiny, tiny bead. What with the 'green'ness on the label and Lanson's usual no-malo rule, one expects quite high acidity in this wine and is not disappointed but it is counterbalanced by some excellent vivacious fruit and reasonable palate weight. Well done! It's certainly crisp - and would be an interesting champagne to lob into a blind comparison with English sparkling wines, but I'm impressed by its persistence. With time in bottle it may mellow into something even more impressive. (JR)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

This biodynamically grown Champagne comes all from the village of Verneuil.

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