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Professional Ratings: 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Spectator, 90 Wine & Spirits
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine
Item no. 121629
To mark its 250th anniversary, Lanson opted to innovate while remaining true to its tradition and know-how by releasing a special cuvee to commemorate this milestone. Extra Age is a multi-vintage blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir selected only from Grands Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. To maintain a style that has combined both complexity and freshness since 1760, Extra Age marries the outstanding characters of several great vintages: 1999, 2002 and 2003.
Extra Age pays homage to the rich history of the House while setting a bold statement for the future direction of Champagne Lanson.
Light, bright gold. Intense, spice- and floral-accented aromas and flavors of poached pear, honey, orange pith and buttered toast. Fleshy and deep but very lively, with strong finishing cut and lingering toast and floral notes. The Extra Age (sometimes abbreviated to "XA") bottlings are aged for five years in Lanson's cellars before disgorgement and release.
Firm and smoky, this racy version shows plenty of drive, although the mesh of ripe apple, nutmeg, biscuit and honey need some time to open up on the refined, chalky palate. Disgorged July 2013.
This blend of pinot noir (60%) and chardonnay is aged a minimum of five years on the lees. The color of the wine is a delicate, light pink, and red fruit notes hold sway in its flavors - strawberry, tomato, red currant - all held tight in a complex layering with chalk. A distinctive style, this will benefit from further bottle age, or will soften up in the company of roast squab.