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Lanson Noble Cuvee Brut 2002 Champagne
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|Lanson Noble Cuvee Brut 2002 - 75cl||Lanson Noble Cuvee Brut 2002 - 75cl||£89.95
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
Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonny: Avize, Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Cramant and Oger | Pinot Noir: Verzenay
Grape Varieties: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 13 years on the lees
Disgorged: June 2015
Dosage: 6 g/l
Tasting Note: A vibrant yellow golden hue with a fine stream of bubbles. On the nose initial fruits of citrus and subtle lime impress. On the palate the initially quite tight acidity opens up to a bold toasty mid-palate with an abundance of orchard fruits. Very complex already and sure to develop further given some more ageing, this is an exquisite expression of a flawless vintage.
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The House of Lanson was founded in 1760 by François Delamotte, an influential character in Reims society. The joint owner, alongside his wife, of a not-insubstantial vineyard in Cumières and Ay, he decided to found his own Champagne house -- one of the very first ever to exist. In 1798, Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, his younger son, took over from his father. Having been admitted as a knight of the Order of Malta at a very young age, he decided to use the Maltese Cross as the House's emblem. Now revised, the Lanson cross has become the icon of the company.
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 on the latter's death and renamed the business Maison J-B Lanson et Compagnie. In 1855, Victor-Marie Lanson, Jean-Baptiste's son, took over the running of the House. The House then took the name Lanson Père et Fils. Jean-Baptiste worked to develop the business outside France, and particularly in Great Britain. He signed the first exclusive agent's contract with the well-established Percy Fox company in London. This contract lasted a hundred years and gave the House a dominant position in Great Britain.
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 including Monaco's symbolic chess-board pattern.
Victor Lanson then took the helm in 1928. He had a considerable influence on the House's history, 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. He took over in 1967 and 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 the Winemaker -- a role he held for almost 30 years!
In 2013, Hervé Dantan joined the House, working alongside Jean-Paul Gandon. In 2015, after two years of sharing and passing on the secrets of Champagne Lanson's production, he has now taken on the great responsibility of being the House's Winemaker.