The history of the House of Lanson began in 1760 when François Delamotte decided to create his own Champagne. In 1798, Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, a knight of the order of Malta, took over from his father and adopted the Maltese cross as the emblem of the brand. Today, the House proudly displays the distinctive red Lanson cross on each of its bottles and in all of its communication.
The origins of Champagne Lanson go back to the year 1760, making it one of the very oldest Champagne houses. Over the years, it built its distribution on the back of relationships established with many of Europe’s royal families.
Lanson was awarded the famous Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria in 1900 as an official supplier to the Court of England; a distinction the House has retained ever since. Later, Lanson was chosen by the Royal Family of Monaco to produce a Champagne in its own heraldic colours, which it still supplies today.
In 1937, Victor Lanson, known as the “great ambassador of Champagne,” decided to promote sales of non-vintage dry wine and name the blend Black Label, in honour of the House’s biggest market, the United Kingdom.
In 2006, the House of Lanson changed ownership, and today belongs to the ‘Lanson BCC’ Group, with Philippe Baijot as the House President.
The House of Lanson ages its wines for longer than the minimum required time: three years for the non-vintage wines versus the regulatory minimum of 15 months, and five years minimum for the vintage wines versus the regulatory minimum of three years.
Since its beginning in 1760, Lanson Champagne chose to focus on pinot noir as the main grape variety in its classic non-vintage blends, giving pride of place to body and power. Alongside that, at least 30% of each wine produced for sale is made up of chardonnay, selected for its rich aromas and delicacy on the palate. To create its Champagnes, Lanson sources grapes from growers and its own 150-hectares of vineyards among the Champagne region’s best crus, often located near its historic press-houses, most notably including Verzenay, Dizy and Trepail.
Moreover, Lanson benefits from a unique plot in Champagne; the Clos Lanson. This plot has an area of one hectare in the heart of the city, and it is the vineyard closest to the Cathedral of Reims. Surrounded by high walls, the Clos enjoys an exceptional microclimate that is favourable to the development of the vine. Planted in the 1930s, it has remained within the purview of the House ever since and it is planted entirely with chardonnay.
The uniqueness of this small but extraordinary vineyard-plot explains its rarity and very limited production and also why, among the great houses within Champagne, it represents one of the very few enclosed single vineyard estate wines made within its historic walls.
In addition to its high standards for quality, the unique Lanson style is intensely fresh with an exceptional aromatic depth. This style results from a bold choice made by Victor Lanson in the 1970s to continue the Champagne tradition of preserving the Champagne-making process of any malolactic fermentation. This specific trait allows the best aromas of the fruit to be kept, retaining the original purity and guaranteeing a unique freshness. It is not surprising that with its unique style of freshness and fruitiness, Lanson is well known to represent the perfect start to many of life’s important moments.
Crucially, this traditional process also gives Lanson wines an extraordinary capacity to age over time – as seen in the Lanson Vintage Collection, a library of vintage wines going back to the very dawn of the 20th century, and testimony to the enduring qualities of a unique style.
LANSON PÈRE ET FILS BRUT NV
A new expression from the House of Lanson and an evolution of the classic Lanson Black Label Brut. Aged for a minimum of four years, this Champagne unveils a magnificent bright golden colour, animated by tiny bubbles. The aroma is full of ripe fruits, honey and spices. On the palate, it has a delicious and complex array of flavours, led by honey-dew.
LANSON GREEN LABEL ORGANIC BRUT NV
Made from organic grapes grown exclusively on an estate vineyard at Verneuil, the heart of Marne Valley; as a result, the Champagne expresses the quality and uniqueness of its terroir to the full. After three years in the cellars, it is elegant, very aromatic and characterised by its mineral purity. Notes of pear, peach, blackcurrant, citrus and oriental spices drift across the nose, while ripe fruit flavours dance across the palate.
CLOS LANSON VINTAGE 2006
The Clos Lanson 2006 has all of the attributes of a very fine chardonnay. In the glass, the wine has a pale golden colour and a fine stream of bubbles. Delicately woody aromas, plus ripe fruit, butter, vanilla, hazelnut and a whiff of smoke awaken the nose. The palate discovers rich fruit flavours, plus toasted, biscuity notes. The finish remains fresh and long.
LANSON PINK LABEL BRUT-ROSÉ NV
A delicious blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay, plus a small drop of pinot noir red wine; it is this that gives the wine its attractive pure salmon colour. On the nose, there are aromas of roses and delicate red berries. The impact on the palate is gentle, carried by a long finish. It’s generous. It’s mouth-filling. It’s fresh.
LANSON EXTRA AGE BRUT NV
A hallmark of the Lanson style, made from a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir from grand cru and premier cru vineyards, across three vintages: 2004, 2005 and 2006. To the eye, the Extra Age Brut is a vibrant straw yellow with fine bubbles. Wonderful aromas of fig, winter pear and honey fill the nose. On the palate, the wine is succulent, full and rich with fruit flavours, plus all the freshness Lanson Champagnes are famed for.