edited by Sue Courtney
© Sue Courtney
Tasted 15 May 2001, posted June 2001
Hosted by Richard Goodman - the agency man, a Kiwi who now lives in Brisbane
Firstly we are told - "So your bubbly has no bubbles when it's poured in the glass". One of the problems could be that the glass is not spotlessly clean. It could look clean but there may be invisible traces of detergent. Solution. Clean glass by washing and rinsing in hot water with no detergent. Leave glass to dry on its own - if necessary rub with a towel. Bubbles should start surging in a steady stream when wine is poured. If not then, then scratch your glass with a 'diamond'.
Store Champagne standing up. Scientists reckon that with the pressure in the bottle there is enough vapour between the top of wine and bottom of cork to keep cork moist. (look up on Internet)
A bit of Lanson trivia - Lanson is the "Number 1" wine in Bangladesh - the only country in the world where it rates this position. But how much wine is in Bangladesh anyway. Evidently the Prime Minister orders two cases a year!
What makes Lanson different to other Champagnes? Answer: There is no malolactic fermentation process used in the making of the cuvée.
So to the tasting -
Lanson Black Label Champagne NV
Lanson Rose Champagne NV
Lanson Vintage Champagne 1994 (gold label)
Lanson Vintage Champagne 1979 ex magnum (rose label)
All above wines are crisply acidic and clean but then we get to the Lanson Blanc de Blanc Vintage Champagne 1994 and the musty aromas indicate a 'corked' problem to me. However the company rep says it is OK, so it's ok, (but he had a pour out of our bottle and several of us thought something was wrong). Bready aromas emerge but the dull taste in the palate that supresses at first the rich lemon, that later emerges. The tasting notes says the wine has honey, so perhaps it is the honey that I am confusing with mustiness. Maybe I am not used to Prestige Cuvee. But whatever, for such a hyped and awarded wine, this sample was very disappointing and based on this tasting I would not pay $158.00 a bottle.
Lanson Noble Cuvee 1989
For the history of Lanson and other information about the company and the wines, go to the website: www.lansonpf.com