This prestige cuvée Blanc de Blancs has been maturing for nine years, since the decision was made by winemaker Hervé Dantan to release this year the 7,870 Clos Lanson 2006 bottles - from which a small allocation will be reserved for travel retail.
With an RRSP of €200, each bottle is individually numbered and beautifully presented with a label that depicts the unique plot where Clos Lanson was grown – opposite the Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, surrounded by tall protective walls that date back to the 18th Century. The addition of the famous House of Lanson cross on the neck ensures the bottle is instantly recognisable, and has a strong on-shelf presence.
The Clos Lanson is a vintage Champagne whose juice, which comes exclusively from the first pressing, is vinified for several months in oak barrels. After a long maturation, the Clos Lanson 2006 has all the attributes of a very fine Chardonnay that has benefited from a controlled fermentation in wooden barrels and optimum development in the House’s Cellars.
In the glass, the wine is a pale golden colour with a fine stream of bubbles. It has a wide range of delicately woody aromas where ripe fruit intertwines with notes of butter, vanilla, patisserie and hazelnut, punctuated with a soupçon of smoke. The palate is rich, with concentrated fruit flavours combined with toasted, biscuity notes. The finish remains fresh, with an impressive length of flavour reflecting the noble origins of the grapes.
1 May 2016 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor
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