Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne

SKU #993416 91 points John Gilman

 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.  (8/2018)

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. (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. (AN)  (11/2018)

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!


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2019 | Send Email
This wine is now aged for four years on the lees and shows it with wonderful toasty brioche notes on the generous nose. On the palate and the finish, this wine is impeccably clean and racy thanks to the blocked malolactic fermentation. This makes the wine not only a very refreshing aperitif, but also an excellent Champagne to pair with food and we found it a great partner for the sushi. The richer rolls were especially well married with this bottle.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2019 | Send Email
Using no malolactic fermentation, you get a lot of fresh fruit from this sparkler and all the creaminess comes from time spent aging on lees and extensive backstock of reserve wines going into this cuvee. The nose has pretty citrus, poached pears, and a lovely toastiness. The palate has brisk acidity, fresh pear, peach, yellow apple, and chalky minerality.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2019 | Send Email
Lanson is back and with a bang! What a wonderful thing it is too. Nice richness, apple/peach fruit a lovely bready edge and a very nice texture. This is a Champagne that is easy to love.
Top Value!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2019 | Send Email
A house that is just finding its groove again, The full Lanson lineup is full of killer juice and the "Black Label," cuvee is no exception. This is a clean, presise drink that's full of plusher doughy notes underneath the great acidity. An aperitivo extraordinaire, this is a great production from a historic house.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2019 | Send Email
Lanson has taken the past few years to vastly improve its quality and practices, and its efforts have certainly paid off. With 4 years of aging on the lees and 30% reserve wine going back to 1998, one would think this would be a very toasty, rich Champagne. That is not the case. Because this wine does not go through malolactic fermentation there is a beautiful line of acidity here, thought the brioche and slightly yeasty characters still peak through. One of the original Champagne houses, dating back to the 1760's, Lanson needs to find its way onto your radar as a very affordable, delicious, powerhouse producer.
Top Value!

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.