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Lanson Gold Label 2005 Champagne 1.5L
|Lanson Gold Label 2005 - Magnum - 1.5L||Magnum - 1.5L||£119.95|
Vineyards: Chardonny: Avize, Cramant, Oger, Les Mesnil sur Oger | Pinot Noir: Ay, Verzenay, Verzy, Bouzy
Grape Varieties: 49% Chardonnay, 51% Pinot Noir
Ageing: A minimum of 5 years
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2038
Tasting Note: A golden glint with a fine stream of bubbles. Ripe fruits and hints of citrus on the nose, continued onto the palate, a generous full bodied champagne with silky texture, apricots and raisins with great acidity and freshness. On the finish, slight honey notes shine through.
Open, a little loose on the nose. Lots of acidity and punchy texture. No malo. Quite chewy. Quite frothy. Not that long or deep. Bit of a fast fade.”
Traditionally favouring a high-acidity style with blocked malolactic fermentation, Lanson has changed considerably under new Chef de Caves, Hervé Dantan. Universally blocking malolactic fermentation has been discarded to produce a softer and more complex style. More recently, in efforts directed towards image building, Lanson have begun displaying disgorgement dates on their bottles. Their cellars have also undergone an impressive makeover, affording this most historic of Champagne Houses an ultra-modern HQ.
Cellar Master: Hervé Dantan
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): 5,000,000
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Jean-Baptiste Lanson, a long-standing friend and later associate of the Delamottes, gradually began to play an increasingly important role in the management of the House. After an agreement between the two families, he succeeded Nicolas-Louis Delamotte after his death and renamed the business Maison J-B Lanson et Compagnie. Jean- Baptiste worked to develop the business outside of France and particularly in Great Britain. He signed the first exclusive agent’s contract with the well-established Percy Fox company in London: a contract which lasted a hundred years and gave the house a dominant position in Great Britain.
In 1855 Victor-Marie Lanson, Jean-Baptiste’s son, took over the running of the house, at which point the name changed to Lanson Père et Fils. The house developed steadily and won increasing numbers of admirers among connoisseurs, including crowned heads – the House of Lanson has been the official supplier to the British court since 1900, when Henri Marie Lanson was awarded the title of ‘Purveyor of Champagne to Her Majesty’ by Queen Victoria. Later, Lanson also became the only Champagne of the principality of Monaco. In recognition of this honour, the House developed a special design to include Monaco’s symbolic chessboard pattern.
Victor Lanson then took the helm in 1928. He had a considerable in influence on the history of the house and would become known as the ‘great ambassador of Champagne’. In 1937, he wanted to promote sales of non-vintage dry wine and decided to name the blend Black Label in honour of the house’s biggest market, Great Britain. He was also one of the first to develop rosé champagne.
Etienne Lanson, one of Victor’s sons, joined the house alongside his father and eventualy took over in 1967. He decided to conserve vintages in the cellars to develop a unique wine library, from which the house still benefits today. In 1972, Jean-Paul Gandon joined the house and in 1986 became chief winemaker – a role he held for almost three decades!
In 2013, Hervé Dantan joined Champagne Lanson, working alongside Jean-Paul Gandon. In 2015, after two years of sharing and passing on the secrets of Lanson’s production, he assumed the great responsibility of Chef de Cave and has overseen extensive development at the house in recent years.