Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne Magnum (1.5L)

SKU #1387491 91 points John Gilman

 The present bottling of Lanson (Black) Label in the market was disgorged in October of 2017. The wine is drinking very nicely, offering up a complex nose of apple, a touch of peach, lovely soil tones, fresh-baked bread and incipient smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and focused, with a good core, pinpoint bubbles, fine acids and a long, complex and well-balanced finish. This has the cut and backend bounce of a non-malo bubbly, but with the acids beautifully buffered. A fine Brut NV. (Drink between 2018-2035)  (8/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Disgorged in January 2018, the latest release of Lanson's NV Brut Black Label is showing well, offering up aromas of warm biscuits, crisp orchard fruit, dried citrus rind and toasted brioche. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied and crisp but fleshy, with the house's non-malo style tempered by a generous core of fruit, concluding with a long, chalky finish. This is a very creditable non-vintage cuvée that has the cut and structure to evolve in the cellar. (WK)  (4/2019)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lanson's big seller remains crisp and fruity, with a tight, bright character and a mineral texture. Without any malolactic fermentation, the wine retains freshness and delicious acidity. Drink now. (RV)  (12/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A firm Champagne, with an almost monolithic frame of acidity, softened somewhat by a lacy mousse that conveys a delicate mesh of black cherry, lemon granita, pastry and candied ginger flavors. Disgorged October 2017. Drink now through 2021. (AN)  (11/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Based on 2013. Disgorged January 2017. Dosage 9 g/l. Current release. 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier. 100 base wines; the reserve wine may come from 10 different vintages. From 2013 there is some non-malo wine. There is a tiny bit of malo wine in this blend. Smoky, fumy nose -- really reminiscent of bonfires! Seems almost sweet on palate entry. Lots of energy and approachability. Well done! Nose reminds me of a very good Grosses Gewächs Riesling. (JR)  (9/2017)

James Suckling

 Very fresh citrus and green apple aromas on the nose, really pristine, airy and bright; some floral notes and chalky minerals too. The palate has a very direct, crisp and assertive style to it, nothing aggressive though. It tingles with acidity carrying citrus and green apple flavor nice and deep. Drink now or hold for two to three years to soften it out.  (7/2015)

Wine & Spirits

 Generously round, this is an easy, approachable Champagne with toasty scents and gentle lime-like acidity. It has the texture of a cream puff, making it an appealing aperitif.  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

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)

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