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Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne

SKU #993416 91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The classic Lanson nonvintage label sums up the dry style of the house, with its emphasis on crisp fruit, a taut, almost mineral texture and an ability to age in the bottle. It can be drunk now although it will mature further. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A bright, accessible version, with well-cut, citrusy acidity and a lively, lightly creamy mousse carrying flavors of grainy green pear, ripe raspberry and grilled nut, showing a touch of chalky mineral. Disgorged January 2018. Drink now through 2021. 7,000 cases imported. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark With brisk flavors ranging from green apple to orange and red raspberry, this wine emphasizes fresh fruit and chalky limestone acidity. It’s clean and simply presented, ready to pour with briny oysters. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

Decanter

Outer quote mark Ripe and bold, with a silky texture and a dark, pinot-driven fruitiness, underlined by savoury notes of lees. (Panel Tasting) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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.
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