To the eye:
Lanson Extra Age Rosé offers a salmon-pink, coppery robe enlivened by a myriad of fine bubbles.
On the nose:
Fragrances of red berries and sweetmeats dominated by the aroma of strawberry jam.
On the palate:
Intense, generous and powerful with exceptional complexity and freshness.
Wine Enthusiast 94 points - The palest pink in color, this is a mature, ripe Champagne. It certainly hints at the extra age (five years in the cellar) which gives it a glow of richness and toasty flavors. Fine lines of acidity cut through the full texture to give a wonderful, balanced wine that is ready to drink. (Dec 2013)
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Wine maker notes
In 2009, to celebrate its 250th anniversary, The House of Lanson launched its new cuvée Lanson Extra Age. In the traditional House style of the 19th and early 20th century, Lanson Extra Age avoids malolactic fermentation, enabling the fresh, fruity aromas to develop gracefully, giving it an outstanding aging capability.
To complete the Extra Age range, and build upon the expertise of the House in champagne rosé, Lanson launched their Extra Age Rosé cuvée in June 2011. Combining the outstanding characteristics of vintages from 2002, 2004 and 2005, Extra Age Rosé marries complexity and freshness to create a truly exceptional champagne.
Blend: 35% Chardonnay, 65% Pinot Noir
Combining the signature freshness and fruitiness, the taste on the palate reveals deliciously sour notes of wild strawberry, redcurrants and red-fleshed peaches. The Lanson Extra Age Rosé would make an ideal accompaniment for lamb and deserts made with fresh red fruits.
Since 1760, Lanson has crafted champagne the traditional way. Unlike many Houses, we choose to avoid malolactic fermentation and insist on three years’ cellar ageing; more than double the minimum required. As a result our champagne is crisp, fresh and uplifting, with an exceptional purity of fruit.
Still a family-run House, Lanson takes great care to craft its champagnes and create consistency of style year after year. Lanson Rosé is the UK’s best selling rosé champagne, and much of the enjoyment our champagnes provide can be traced to the House’s years of expertise. Lanson’s chief winemaker, or Chef de Cave, Jean Paul Gandon has been with the House for 39 years and has the job of blending each and every one of our champagnes. Jean Paul and his team work closely with Lanson’s growers and have longstanding relationships, enabling access to the finest Crus.
It is only through grape quality and diversity that the finest champagnes are crafted. In recognition of this, Lanson also owns vineyards, including the prestigious Clos de Lanson, a one-hectare vineyard of Chardonnay grapes in the centre of Reims. It is the only vineyard left within the walls of the city and its very first vintage, 2006, will be released this year.
Housed in the limestone cellars of Lanson’s home in the capital of Champagne, Reims, also lives our library of fine and rare vintages. It is the quality of Lanson’s vintages in particular, for which the House has always been renowned. Each Vintage blend is aged for at least five years; our use of traditional methods giving each champagne the ability to age gracefully.
Champagne Lanson is a House proud of its heritage and has an unrelenting dedication to the quality and consistency of its wine.