Sometimes you stumble on something that just demands your attention. I already knew that I liked Lanson Brut Rosé but this last Wednesday night (12/05/18), I nursed along three glasses (wine glasses, not Champagne flutes) over a four-hour-plus time frame while I was tasting a number of other wines (mostly red Burgundy and red Bordeaux) and eating a bit of dinner. I had some other more expensive Champagne options available to me but the Lanson Rosé was so good I stuck with it. Fine right out of the bottle, the Lanson got better and better in the glass, developing beautifully. By the end of the evening, I was sad to see the bottle empty. (The magnums are even a bit richer as they get an extra two years of aging.)
LANSON “1760” Brut Rose, CHAMPAGNE, NV
A base blend of 53% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier makes up 94% of the cuvee with the additional 6% coming from red Pinot Noir (Coteaux de Champenoise). All of the different plots are vinified separately with no malo-lactic fermentation. The cuvee is made up from lots from nine different vintages. Aged 30-months on the yeasts followed by 6-months cellaring after disgorgement. Salmon-orange color, fully sparkling; dry, medium-bodied with fresh acidity and very light phenolics. Richer, rounder but not at all heavy Rosé. Good medium-weight red fruit with enough citrus fruit to keep it fresh. Supple feel. More toast and earthy mineral than expected. Delicious food friendly Champagne. BearScore: 94.