The fourth-oldest producer in Champagne and the oldest family owned firm, Champagne Lanson has been a leading producer in the region since 1760, yet is only newly imported in the US. Founded by Francois Delamotte in Reims, the house was eventually helmed by Jean-Baptiste Lanson, changing the house' name to Maison J-B Lanson et Compagnie which eventually became simply Lanson. Since the mid-19 th century, the wines of Lanson have been recognized for quality and in-demand overseas: in 1855 they signed a 100-year import contract with the Percy Fox company in London that made them one of the biggest names in Champagne in the UK. In 1900, they received their Royal warrant as Champagne supplier to the court - much Lanson will be consumed at the Royal wedding - and in 1977 they became the official Champagne of Wimbledon. Queen Elizabeth even has a glass of Lanson on her night stand, every night, and the bottle bears her coat of arms.
The non-vintage Black Label Lanson Champagne is the house's flagship bottling and the Queen's favorite night cap. A classic blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, the Black
Label is sourced from 125 hectares of estate fruit and 400 hectares of purchased fruit from some of Champagne's greatest wine villages. A house signature, the current black label disgorgement includes the base vintage 2012 blended with reserve wines going back to 1998. The wine sees no malolactic fermentation to ensure brightness of acidity and a taught, linear texture, while a minimum 36 months of aging sur lies contributes complexity and weight. This mid-weight Brut Champagne displays perfect balance between power and finesse, with a frothy mousse and notes of fresh dough, apple skin and tart citrus and a lingering, mouthwatering finish. A perfect aperitif, it is a lovely accompaniment to a variety of a simple green salads, fresh fish or passed hors d'oeuvres like cheese and charcuterie, but offers true comfort with a giant bowl of buttery, salted popcorn.