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Lanson Extra Age Brut

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
  • WE95
  • JS93
  • WS92
  • CG90
  • W&S90
12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

In order to continue a style that marries complexity with freshness, Lanson Extra Age Brut unites the exceptional characters of the grand millesime years of 2000, 2002 and 2004. Aromas of fig, pear and honey combine with complex notes of brioche. Full-bodied, with incredible freshness. The harmony and balance, for which these years were chosen, enable the full expression of the power of the Pinot Noir picked from the best plots of Verzenay and Bouzy. The Chardonnays from the Cote des Blancs, Chouilly, Avize, Oger and Vertus, in all their diversity, add a touch of finesse.

Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
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.
JS 93
James Suckling
Aged a minimum of five years before release, this takes a step into more refined, nougat-like lees-aged territory. There are attractive almonds and honey on the nose in addition to hints of red fruits, and the palate has a really smooth chiseled shape that drives long on a smooth acid thread to a red berry finish. Great twist on their style. Drink now and for five years and beyond. (disgorged July 2015)
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Pastry dough and spring blossom notes are an aromatic entry for this fine and creamy Champagne, along with flavors of lemon curd and crushed black currant on the satinlike mousse. Harmonious, offering a long, spiced finish. Disgorged March 2013. Drink now through 2024.
CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide
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.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
This blend of pinot noir (60 percent) 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.Lanson Int'l. Americas, NY
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Lanson
The Lanson Style is comprised of character traits that can be found in Lanson Champagnes year after year, making them uniquely expressive.

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.

Maipo Valley

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The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. The soils here tend to be high in salinity and low in potassium, which can present viticultural challenges, but new vineyard management techniques have been implemented to combat these issues.

The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah, and Carmenère, originally a Bordeaux variety which has found a successful home in Chile. White wines are also produced, especially near the cooler coast, from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Carmenere

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Dark, full-bodied, and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère has found great success in Chile, far from its birthplace of Bordeaux. Although Carménère once accompanied Malbec and Petit Verdot as a minor blending grape in Bordeaux, it is now virtually extinct there, though it has been thriving since the mid-nineteenth century in Chile. Originally mistaken for Merlot, it is now successful of its own accord and plantings continue to increase. It is bottled both on its own and as part of Bordeaux-inspired blends.

In the Glass

If not fully ripe, Carménère is often marked by a green, herbaceous character (think green bell pepper and green peppercorn), and expresses flavors of red berry and black pepper when just ripe. With additional hangtime at the end of harvest, it is reminiscent more of blackberry, blueberry, and dark plum, with rich and savory notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and soy sauce.

Perfect Pairings

Carménère can easily overpower lighter fare, but makes a great match for a hearty steak or barbecued red meat. It can also work well with white meat when prepared with a richer sauce such as mole.

Sommelier Secret

Perhaps Carménère’s herbal character can be explained in part by familial relations—due to the strange nature of grapevine breeding, Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

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