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2008 Lanson "Gold Label" Brut Champagne

SKU #1420711 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From a great vintage, this wine both reflects the year and also shows the producer's trademark crisp style that keeps the wine's natural acidity. That approach lends itself to aging and this wine, now 11 years old, is still intensely fresh. It only just shows signs of maturity and toast. That means it will age further... (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has seen more than six years of ageing in the cellar and has attractive concentration and nicely played complexity. The nose is as fresh as you'd expect from Lanson with all yellow grapefruit and lemon but some pastry too. The palate, meanwhile, has a refreshing sweep of acid-driven, lemon fruit and is super pure, fresh and long. A great-value wine here. Inner quote mark (10/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Notes of oyster shell, graphite and spice are a fresh and aromatic entry for this vibrant Champagne, layered with firm, focusing acidity and flavors of poached apricot, black cherry, lemon curd and slivered almond. Offers a lovely, creamy texture and a juicy quality to the mineral-laced finish. Disgorged February 2016. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark In all probability the finest rendition of this cuvée since 1996, Lanson's 2008 Brut Vintage Gold Label is an impressive wine in the making, unwinding in the glass with aromas of white flowers, lemon oil, orange rind, apple and freshly baked sourdough. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, racy and incisive, with a concentrated but tight-knit profile that exemplifies the house's non-malo style, concluding with a long and penetrating finish. It's a terrific value in the world of seriously age-worthy Champagne. (WK) 93+ Inner quote mark (8/2019)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Sustaining purity and freshness as it ages past the decade mark, this has lovely depths of golden apple and a silky weave of chalk and lemon. There’s a crisp, quinine-like bitterness to the wine’s minerality, with chalk dust adding another layer of complexity. (Disgorged 2/16) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

K&L Notes

This entirely grand cru vintage Champagne is composed of 49% Chardonnay from Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Mesnil, and 51% Pinot Noir from Ay, Verzenay, and Bouzy. Given how fresh the 1976 tastes now, this vintage should be one for the ages -- if you can keep your hands off of it! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2019 | Send Email
We are very lucky to have secured an allocation of this great vintage Champagne from Lanson. Many Champagne fans will remember the 2002 from this house, and I am happy to report that this 2008 is even better. They selected only the very best Grand Cru vineyards for this wine, Ay, Verzenay and Bouzy for the Pinot Noir and Mesnil, Oger and Avize for the Chardonnay. The blend is 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay, and the wine has not gone through malolactic fermentation, giving it a straight line finish of crisp acidity that will see the wine through the ages. It is ready to drink on release, especially paired with cracked crab or scallops, but its best days are ahead of it. If you were married or had children in 2008, this is a bottle not to be missed. The 1976, which I tasted recently is proof of the immense ageing potential of these wines!
Drink from 2019 to 2058

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
This Lanson Gold Label is 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay with no malolactic fermentation. The nose is very chalky with some flintiness, but there’s still a lot of bright fruit. This combines nicely with more savory aromas and herbal notes. The palate is unexpectedly racy following the nose with more minerality and very bright fresh lemon acidity.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2019 | Send Email
The 2008 Lanson Gold Label is a lean and complex style of champagne. Fresh and intense, this is a very elegant, pure and refined classic champagne with a beautiful mineral expression. It has refreshing citrus notes on the long finish. Another great '08 vintage to add to your collection.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2019 | Send Email
Lanson has waited until now to release its 2008 vintage Gold-Label and it’s a good thing they did! They decided not to use malolactic fermentation to soften the edges on this high acid, electric vintage, but 11 years in the bottle should do the trick! This is an incredibly fresh, delicious vintage champagne from a top house with vibrant fruit, a great mineral texture and long, very bright finish. This will continue to age beautifully.

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2019 | Send Email
Another release of a great vintage and of Grand Cru fruit! NO malolactic fermentation, so if you love acid in your champagne you'll love this one. It has some toastiness on the nose and a long finish.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
This mostly Grand Cru bottling is an outstanding example for powerful big house champagne. Buttered toast nose,with a bowl of ripe peaches near by. These wines do not see malolactic fermentation and thus are full of bone chilling acidity. This wine has a citrus focused with notes of ripe, tropical fruit and a long pretty finish.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
Such a treat, this is the perfect champagne to lay down a case of and track throughout the years because it's just a great contender for long-term aging. Sharp citrus notes show now through solid acidity, ending up with a big mouthful now that'll continue to develop through the years.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/6/2019 | Send Email
53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay this toasty champagne is a real winner! The nose is buttery with hints of butterscotch and lemon zest. The palate is round with enough acid to cut through the richness and balance out the wine. 2008 is written all over this one with that characteristic balance of acid and robust mouth feel!

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