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Lanson Extra Age Brut MV

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£112.00
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Description & Technical Information
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To mark its 250th anniversary, Champagne Lanson created a range of cuvées, Extra Age. This is the 3rd and final evolution of the champagne. The blend of Extra Age Brut is always 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir selected from Grand Cru vineyards of Avize, Bouzy, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Verzenay using three vintages: 2004, 2005 and 2006. These magnums have a lot of complexity and significant future ahead, they are quite extraordinary and we believe this is the best champagne made by Lanson.

The trademark of Lanson is not to let its wines go through the 2nd fermentation, this follows the 1st fermentation where grape sugars convert to alcohol. The 2nd or malo-lactic fermentation often occurs naturally and the bacteria convert malic acid, as in green apples, to softer malic acid as in milk. One of the bi-products of this conversion is diacetyl the compound that gives butter its "butteriness!" So preventing this process from happening gives the champagne crisper acidity and long ageing ability and typically a leaner profile. Many Houses "manage" the malolactic allowing some of their wines through the process and inhibiting others, so at blending they have more "ingredients! That said when you have years like 2006 which are sunny and hence fruit rich years, the no ML approach works very well and with 50% of this champagne from 2006 everything has aligned and the outcome is a great champagne that although young now in 2021 it is still enjoyable or you can tuck some magnums away for ten to twenty years!

Technical Information:
Vineyards: PN – Verzenay and Bouzy CH - Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 40% Chardonnay & 60% Pinot Noir
Vintages: 25% 2004, 25% 2005 and 50% 2006
Bottled: Spring 2007
Lees Ageing: 12 years
Disgorged: March 2019
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2038+

Tasting Note: Quite tight for a few minutes then the fruit really came through with zesty lemon, stone fruits and richness from tropical fruit like caramelised pineapple. The palate is very smooth for a champagne where the wines didn’t go through malolactic, that citrus freshness you expect and the lees texture really adds layers. The acidity keeps it fresh and a hint of saline is a beautiful element on the finish. This is young and vibrant, drinking now, but with the Mytik cork that will slow down maturation.
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Expert Reviews
91 → 93/100
Essi Avellan MW
“The second (2004/2002/2000) blend of Extra Age is such a beautiful cuvée literally bringing together all the fine features of the three great vintages. There is the broadness and creaminess of 2000 and the structure and opulent fruit of the 2002. Finally the 2004 gives an impeccable freshness and vivacity to it. The aroma spectrum ranges from tropical fruit to apple, spices, marmalade and viennoiserie. This blend really convinced of this cuvée's potential, so I hope in the future we will see the vintages written on the label so that we can better follow and benefit from its ageing capacity. ”
92/100
Josh Reynolds
“(60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; 6 g/l dosage; L7500S80A): Pale gold. Fresh citrus fruit and honeysuckle aromas are complemented by chalky minerals and toasty lees. Dry and precise, offering energetic Meyer lemon and pear flavors and a hint of anise that builds with air. Finishes stony and very long, with resonating spiciness, firm minerality and a suave, building floral quality.”
News Articles
  1. Lanson: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting and Clos Lanson Vertical 2014-2006

    Lanson: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting and Clos Lanson Vertical 2014-2006

    June 13, 2019

    Lanson Chef de Cave Hervé Dantan is a huge fan of vintage 2018, telling us: "It was a dream, this harvest." We visited the house in Reims earlier this year to sample the vins clairs and conduct a vertical tasting of all the Clos Lanson vintages from 2006-2014.
  2. Lanson: Old Vintage Collection Magnums

    Lanson: Old Vintage Collection Magnums

    August 4, 2018

    The Lanson Vintage Collection - old magnums kept on the lees and late-disgorged to express newfound complexity - comprises champagnes more than a century old. Every year, a few magnums from 1976 and subsequent vintages are released to a limited circle of enthusiasts and connoisseurs.
  3. Lanson: 2017 Vins Clairs and old Vintage Collection Magnums

    Lanson: 2017 Vins Clairs and old Vintage Collection Magnums

    May 14, 2018

    Our vins clairs visit to Champagne ended at Lanson, with Chef de Cave Hervé Dantan. Here we tasted a comprehensive range of base wines, current champagne releases and some stunning magnums of Vintage Collection, from 1979-1990.
  4. Time-Travelling with Lanson: from 2016 to 1959

    Time-Travelling with Lanson: from 2016 to 1959

    October 6, 2017

    The first ever Noble Cuvée Blanc de Blancs and Brut vintages; Black Label NV blends based on the last vintage of the previous six decades; and a comparison of vintage and prestige cuvée. Our recent trip to Lanson had it all.
  5. Champagne Lanson: Vive la Révolution

    Champagne Lanson: Vive la Révolution

    April 2, 2017

    Big changes have occurred at Champagne Lanson since Chef de Caves, Hervé Dantan took the reins two years ago. We sampled the 2016 Vins Clairs, the latest Black Label NV blend and Clos Lanson 2016 as Hervé talked us through the new developments.
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