Brand new, freshly landed in the country and only recently disgorged, this is the absolute pinnacle of prestige Champagne.
Taken from the remarkably pristine 2002 vintage, and aged on lees for 16 years, the wine is entering a new phase of its life, with honeysuckle, baked brioche, nougat and apple strudel taking shape. A cataclysm of flavour awaits, with power unlike anything else.
Produced from a careful selection of grapes from Grand Crus only, Noble Cuvée is the very essence of the Lanson Style.
The Noble Cuvée embodies all the excellence of this renowned Champagne House. The fruity, grape flavour and freshness so characteristic of this style are admirably conveyed and enhanced by the extreme delicacy of the Chardonnay grape, wich is one of the major components of the blends for this Grande Cuvée.
Blend: 70% Chardonnay Grand Cru from Avize, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Oger. 30% Pinot Noir Grand Cru from VerzenayLees ageing time: 16 years
"CHAMPAGNE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR", MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION 2017 "SPARKLING PRODUCER OF THE YEAR", SOMMELIER WINE AWARDS 2017 The House of Lanson was founded in 1760 by Francois Delamotte, making it one of the oldest of the Grand Marque Champagne houses. The House of Lanson has always blended its champagnes using a majority of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in order to achieve the perfect balance of power and finesse. The freshness and energy that are key to the Lanson style are closely linked to the House's historic commitment to using a traditional winemaking method, without malolactic fermentation. The wines from the different plots are vinified separately. Over the course of the tastings, they are appreciated and classified by family of aromas. The blend is the art of obtaining a wine greater than the sum of the first. The range of flavors and the talent of the Chef de Caves, Hervé Dantan , lead to an ideal balance between fruity, elegance and freshness. To the richness of the grape varieties and Crus is added that of the years. The addition of reserve wines helps magnify the quality of young wines. Thus, non-vintage Cuvées are composed of reserve wines of more than ten different years and bloom in Cellar at least three long years. The Vintage Cuvées take the time to ripen and continue to develop extraordinary aromas far beyond. Lanson wines travel ideally through time.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Medium to full yellow colour with an explosive, rich super-complex bouquet of toasted bread and roasted nuts, dried flowers and dried herbs, straw and subtle iced pastry nuances. A fabulous bouquet! The palate has amazing power and mouthfilling richness, tremendous length and a finish that reverberates on and on. An extraordinary wine of great harmony and extension, the layers of flavour and aroma are exceptional and the combination of power and finesse such as we never see anywhere outside Champagne. (70/30 chardonnay : pinot noir, all grands crus.
ROGER VOSS - WINE ENTHUSIAST
Now just approaching maturity, this floral, aromatic wine is superb. Very dry, very crisp and with delicious lemon and green-apple freshness, the wine also has a strongly mineral character that comes from the chalk soil of the Côte des Blancs. The wine is just ready, although it will age further.
Disgorged in June 2015 after a staggering 12 years ageing in the cellar, this is an essay in great chardonnay with gently flinty grapefruit and lemon fruit on the nose, not to mention hints of white almond and sweet pastry-like notes. The palate has a long spark of fine acidity that is deeply integrated into fresh lemon, yellow grapefruit and beautifully fleshy, smooth mid-palate fruit flavor. Great wine. Drink it now all the way up to 2020.
A finely meshed Champagne, with a creamy mousse and citrusy acidity framing the flavors of pastry dough, baked cherry, chopped almond and singed orange peel. The lingering finish is richly smoky.
ROBERT PARKER - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2002 Noble Cuvée Millésime Brut is a deep and complex blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. Full-bodied and vinous, this is is a highly elegant and balanced mix of mineral freshness and pure fruit; it has tension and finesse.
Here is a wine that proves one should keep an open mind and also not rely on labels for instruction. The 2002 Noble Blanc de Blancs is available in two labels – the old one and my featured new one, so label-slaves would be confounded in their habits. Those out of love with Lanson (I was in this camp) will fall head over heels in a moment, too. This is a spectacular chardonnay, shaped by its brilliant vintage, 17 years of age and its amazing, rich, layered palate. This is a tour de force from the home of the “Black Label” and Champagne fiends. Whether you were previously a Lanson fan or not, you must track it down – its performance will shock you.