The Friday Bubble – Review of Lanson Le Rose Creation 67 NV in Bottle & Magnum


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Today on The Friday Bubble with Nick Baker and Essi Avellan MW, we compare the new release of Lanson Le Rose 67 in Bottle and Magnum.

Founded in 1760, Champagne Lanson is one of the oldest producers in the region, with a rich history embedded in the famous city of Reims.

This is the 1st rose from Lanson where they identify the dominant vintage in the champagne, here it is 2019, a really top year in Champagne; Creation 67 refers to the 67th time a non-vintage rosé has been made at the Maison. A non-vintage champagne is made every spring from the previous summer’s grapes, fermented into a still wine. Older wines known as “reserve wines” are blended in and it is bottled with a small addition of yeast and sugar. In this bottle 29% reserve wines are added – 12.9% of 2016, 4.6% of 2017 & 11.5% of 2018. The bottles go to the cool cellars where over 2-3 months the bottle fermentation happens, creating the bubbles we know and love. After the fermentation the champagne remains in contact with the yeast for three years where a good part of the texture and aromatics further develop. The Red wine equates to 6.6% from Bouzy, Les Riceys & Vallée de la Marne.

A year of record high temperatures, with three unprecedented heatwaves. The rather cool night-time temperatures during the ripening phase for the grapes helped to preserve their natural acidity. Moderate yields combined with remarkable ripeness produced a very fine vintage. The harvests took place from 7 September to 20 September 2019. By respecting the unique character of each parcel, Lanson were able to harvest Pinot Noirs of intense elegance and fruitiness. To counterbalance their tension, they chose Meuniers for their richness and delicacy. The Chardonnays stood out for their great generosity.

Nick Baker 17.5+/20 May 2024 75cl
“With 71% of this champagne being from the highly regarded 2019 harvest then you are in for a treat with the fruit profile. It is expressive, delicious ripe red fruits dominate, like cherry, raspberry, red grapefruit and zingy citrus backbone, there is real purity in this champagne, hints of bitter orange coming through on the palate with a richly texture palate aided by the red wine, which brings colour but juicy raspberry fruit. The best Lanson Rose in years!”

Nick Baker 18/20 May 2024 1.5L
“This magnum really shines bright, that smoky charm draws you in, then you see layers of bright red fruit, similar to the bottle, but feels way more sophisticated. The fact 71% of this champagne is from 2019, a vintage to look out for, then you are in for a treat with the fruit profile. It is expressive, delicious ripe red fruits dominate, like cherry, raspberry, red grapefruit and zingy citrus backbone, there is real purity in this champagne, hints of bitter orange coming through on the palate with a richly texture palate aided by the red wine, which brings colour but juicy raspberry fruit. The best Lanson Rose in years and you get more than just two bottle worth in the magnum, it is a better champagne.”