Lanson Extra Age Brut
A blend of 60-40 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this beautifully textured wine offers white fruit, citrus and crisp apple flavors. These contrast with the yeast and cookie flavors that are developing after the long aging in the Lanson cellars. This impressive wine could still develop further. Drink now and until 2020.
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.
As with the offering below, this wine has a lighter color than its designation of “extra age” might suggest, but unlike the Lanson Gold Label, this one is noticeably fresher and more complete in its champenization. It is decidedly yeasty and does have some of its mate’s toasty, near burnt edges, but this time, the underlying brioche-like character and the minerally, chalky, richness that one would hope to find are clearly and explicitly expressed from first sniff to finish.
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The result of a longstanding tradition, Lanson Champagnes owe their superior quality to a past filled with rituals and a spirit that have been preserved over the years. They embody the ideas, ambitions and character of a great House, and their style is truly unique in the Champagne region.
Today, thanks to specific, fine-tuned know-how, elegant, fresh and powerful wines embody the quintessential Lanson Style.