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 CHAMPAGNE LANSON SECURES FIVE MORE YEARSAS ‘OFFICIAL CHAMPAGNE PARTNER’ TO 

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON

A whopping 25,000 bottles of Lanson were cracked open at Wimbledon during the two-week tennis tournament, which came to a dramatic close last Sunday.

With the tournament wrapped up for another year, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) announced yesterday that Lanson will retain its status as the official Champagne partner of the Championships until 2023.

Lanson created a bespoke label to commemorate 150 years of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club

“As a brand that embodies excellence, innovation and celebrates achievements, we are proud of our relationships and our selective annual sponsorship programme – but above all, we are most proud of our association with The Championships, Wimbledon,” said Paul Beavis, managing director of Lanson UK.

“We are delighted that our partnership with The Championships, Wimbledon will continue to develop for a further five years.

“The club’s ethos mirrors our own and five more years is proof positive that this is a relationship built on trust and respect.

“We have exciting plans afoot and we know that our unique bond will allow us to grow together domestically and internationally,” he added.

To commemorate the 150th birthday celebrations of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Lanson created an exclusive design of its Green Label Brut Organic Cuvée, which was served throughout the tournament.

The organic Champagne will continue to be served at all official 150th AELTC events throughout 2018 and will only be available to members of the club.

Lanson has been associated with Wimbledon since 1977 and in 2001 was selected as the official Champagne of the Championships.

This year Novak Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon title, while German Angelique Kerber triumphed over seven-time champion Serena Williams in the women’s final to win her first title.

 

Lanson has officially launched its first single-vineyard Champagne, Clos Lanson 2006. Clos Lanson retails for £160, making it the most expensive Champagne from the house

The new expression, which was initially planned for release at Vinexpo Bordeaux last year, has been unveiled today following eight years ageing on its lees and more than a year resting in Lanson’s cellars post disgorgement.

Speaking to the drinks business in January, Lanson cellar master Hervé Dantan said that he wanted to wait until the wine was in an optimum state before showing it to the trade and press.“We disgorged Clos Lanson in December 2014 and we thought we would launch it at Vinexpo in 2015, but we decided not to, because we thought that the wine needed to age for a longer period [post disgorgement]; we wanted it to be perfect,” he said.

The wine is a blanc de blancs made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from a one-hectare walled vineyard within the city of Reims alongside Lanson’s winery and headquarters on the Rue de Courlancy.

Hailing from the 2006 harvest, it is the first single vineyard Champagne from the house, and an addition to the range instigated by Philippe Baijot, current CEO and director of Lanson-BCC, after the acquisition of Lanson International by Boizel Chanoine Champagne Group in 2006.

Lanson has made a wine from the small plot every year since the inaugural 2006 vintage, which has produced 7,870 bottles, each of which are numbered, and carry a RRP of £160 (for a 75cl bottle).

Clos Lanson comes with a dosage of 3 grams per litre, making it a Brut Nature, and the new Champagne uses wine fermented in oak casks, a technique now being applied to the brand’s Black Label Brut NV too.

With a suggested retail price of £160, Clos Lanson is the most expensive Champagne in Lanson’s range, almost double the price of its prestige expression called Noble Cuvée, which sells for around £90.

Lanson is currently selling its Noble Cuvée 2000, and will release an expression from the celebrated 2002 vintage in the second half of this year, making Lanson’s release of a prestige cuvée from the 2002 harvest even later than Krug, which unveiled its 2002 in February.

by Patrick Schmitt

 

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History

Champagne Lanson is one of the oldest existing Champagne Houses, making some of the world’s finest champagnes since 1760. Over the years, the winemakers behind this famous label have carefully perfected their art, passing down the secrets of their craft from one generation to the next. Champagne Lanson’s chef du cave, Jean Paul Gandon, has been chief winemaker for over 40 years, blending every single one of the champagnes bearing the Lanson name.

1760: François DELAMOTTE created his own Champagne House, which is one of oldest Houses of Champagne.

1798: Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, a Knight of the Order of Malta, took over from his father and adopted the Maltese Cross as a trademark of the brand.

1837: Jean-Baptiste LANSON, partner and great friend of the DELAMOTTE family since 1828, was asked to manage the estate

of Nicolas-Louis Delamotte on his death. The House then took the name “Lanson, Père et Fils”.

1882: Victor-Marie Lanson signed an initial exclusive agency agreement with the Percy Fox company in London This agreement was to last a full century!

1900: Queen Victoria awarded Lanson the famous Royal Warrant as an official supplier to the Court of England, a distinction which Lanson has retained ever since.

1937: Victor Lanson decided to focus on the sales of "Non-Vintage" Brut Champagnes, which he baptised "Black Label".

1972: Jean-Paul Gandon joined Lanson. With over 25 years’ experience as Wine-Maker, he is the memory and guarantor of the Lanson Style.

2010: To mark its 250th Anniversary, the House of Lanson has launched an emblematic blend to « magnify » the unique Lanson Style, a special cuvee known as Lanson Extra Age (X.A.).

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Winemaking

WHAT MAKES CHAMPAGNE LANSON DIFFERENT?

For centuries, the wines have been created using traditional techniques with the chef du cave ensuring the wines don’t undergo so-called non-malolactic fermentation.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

The difference is all in the taste. The malolactic fermentation converts crisper malic acids to softer lactic acids. By choosing not to let our champagnes undergo malolactic fermentation the freshness is retained, the purity of fruit is preserved and the wines can age for longer.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TASTE

Champagne Lanson has a definitive style that runs through all of our champagnes. With mouth-watering freshness and exceptional purity of fruit, it’s renowned for its distinctly crisp, effortlessly elegant style.

THE PERFECT SERVE

Champagne Lanson’s signature freshness makes it the perfect aperitif, both refreshing the taste buds and stimulating the appetite. Simply serve chilled on it’s own or with your favourite canapés.

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Inside information

There is so much choice when it comes to choosing the right champagne, it can be an intimidating experience! We happen to think it’s all a matter of taste. The trick is finding a style that suits you. Champagne Lanson is the only major Champagne House that chooses not to allow the wines to undergo so-called malolactic fermentation. Rather, the wines are aged for a minimum of three years and instead flavours evolve in their own time. They are stamped with a distinct Champagne Lanson style: mouthwateringly crisp, fresh and full of pure fruit flavour.

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 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  2 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Salon Oenothèque 1961 / 99 points / If I was close to crying in disappointment over the 66' on the Tidelius tasting, the tears really came in the next flight when this bottle disgorged at the same time and with exactly the same low dosage was so lovely that the emotions overflowed. In fact, this wonderfully youthful champagne is the bottle that most reminded me of the world's best wine 1928 Pol Roger Grauves. Here was the same unlikely contrast between youthfulness and nicely mature notes. The scent is so unreal with its euphoric pheromone-like perfume uplifted by linden, geranium, lily of the valley, acacia, ginger, fresh tarragon, mint, lime peel and Sorrento lemon. Glass-clear brilliance and laser-sharp sharpness and precision. Caressing with faint undertones of vanilla, brioche and roasting. Pure flint mineral finesse and swirling little pearl necklace bubbles that dance ballet in the palate. What is missing in relation to 28' Grauves is a well thickened oiliness that may come in twenty years or so. Imagine that a 51-year-old can personify snowmelt, spring winter and the rebirth of life.

1m 21d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  7 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  198 wines 

Wow, the 100 Best Champagnes ranking for 2021 is launched. It was such a pleasure to be part of the tasting panel and experience the great overall quality of all the champagnes. Such a superb line-up from prestige champagnes to non-vintages from Grands Maisons to growers and coops. Where there any surprises? Hell yes, check out the rankings and you'll see!

3m 17d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  25 wines 

The 5th day of Champagne Magazines annual The 100-Best Champagnes of the year 2020 -tasting!

4m 21d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  47 wines 

100 Best Champagne semifinals continue.... Some great surprises, such as Alfred Gratien Brut Millésime 2007!

5m 19d ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  50 wines 

Champagne Magazine's 100 Best Champagnes 2021 -tasting day II.

6m 4d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  40 wines 

The hard work of assessing hundreds of champagnes for The 100 Best Champagnes 2021 has started! First tasting session behind. Great champagnes with very consistent quality.

7m 1d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  40 wines 

Champagne Magazine's The 100 Best Champagnes 2021 Day 1 -


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7m 7d ago

 Maurizio Zanella, Pro (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Cristal 1971 / Moderately pale golden yellow colour. Persistent, intense and elegant nose with great depth by autolysis characters, brioche and hints of dried apricots. Very crisp palate with vivid mousse and persistent lemony flavours with dried fruits. Wonderful yeasty character adding extra structure. Long lingering mineral finish. Beautiful balance and harmony. Just pure enjoyment! 98p

1y 1m ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  2 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  7 wines 

Pol Roger ‘Sir Winston Churchill 2006 is the 16th release of this wine (A$360), following on from 2002 and 2004. It is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, though Pol don’t provide the percentages, from Grand Cru vineyards, no doubt the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims featuring heavily. Fermentation is in stainless steel at a temperature which is not permitted to exceed 18°C. There is a full malolactic fermentation, with the second alcoholic fermentation occurring in the deepest cellars that Pol have – 33 metres below ground level. Here the temperature is a consistent, and chilly, 9°C.


The 2006 is a superb champagne, though still so youthful. Indeed, if you can, lay it away for a couple of years. The nose has an immediate marzipan note with brioche and biscuits. Hints of honeysuckle. The palate is more grilled nuts, nougat and honeycomb. Lean and long, the structure is tight but everything is finely balanced, although the power and richness of the excellent 2006 vintage cannot remain hidden. Fresh acidity backs up the lingering intensity. Such a long finish. A champagne that will age magnificently. If you want a score, 97.

1y 2m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  26 wines 

Moet & Chandon vintage 2012 / A stylish and very promising vintage where elegance and finesse are stronger keywords than power and concentration. Chardonnay dominates the overall impression at the launch as the Pinot grapes work more as a structural moderator in the first years. Delicate polished buttery and spring floral notes dance beautifully over the tongue in a lovely youthful harmony.

1y 8m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  80 wines 

OK, the first five Champagne's was Friday evening, the rest of these wines was Saturday, from morning until night. This was a day and a weekend I will remember for the rest of my life! Nearly all were served blind.

1y 10m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Lanson . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Three months and no tasting notes, I know, but I assure you that there have been plenty of tastings, an absurd amount of great events come to think of it. January flew by, and so did February, but before February came to a close, I paid a visit to a special collection, one of which you might have heard, The Chalet Collection. I have said before and often that I have been treated to some great dinners by the owner of the Chalet Collection, and here are some of the wines I had this past year from him. I needed a kickstart to get going, nothing like a spectacular auction this weekend to get me in the writing mood again : )

1y 10m ago

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