The unique baby taken care of by the super talented Hervé Dantan is one of the most exciting new wines of the entire Champagne region.
A secret Garden
A unique plot surrounded by tall protective walls which dates back to the 18th Century, the Clos Lanson is opposite the Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral.
Situated on top of the hill where the House of Lanson and its wine cellars are also located, this Clos of one hectare benefits from a distinctive micro climate and very chalky soil. The vineyard is treated just like a family garden due to its small size and the special care and attention that it has always received.
Special Care & Attention
The Clos vines have always been a favourite of the House’s owners. Visited daily by the Wine-Maker, Hervé Dantan, the plot is managed using traditional wine-growing methods that respect nature’s cycle and encourage soil life. The Clos Lanson park has beehives so that the bees can also reap the benefits of these favourable conditions.
In order to carry on the Lanson family spirit, every year the men and women of the House help harvest this precious plot. Its grape bunches are sorted with meticulous care and only those with a flawless quality are selected for the Clos Lanson Champagne.
A Precious Wine
Made separately, the wines from the Clos Lanson have rare, unique characteristics that have always appealed to the Wine-Makers of the House. In 2006, the decision was made to offer connoisseurs the eponymous Cuvée from this promising vintage.
The Clos Lanson is a vintage Champagne whose juice, which comes exclusively from the first pressing, is vinified for several months in oak barrels. After lengthy ageing in cellars, a precious wine is obtained: radiant, rich and extremely elegant.
In 2016, Hervé Dantan decided to release the 7,870 Clos Lanson 2006 bottles, which are all individually numbered.
Clos Lanson 2006
After a long maturation, the Clos Lanson 2006 has all the attributes of a very fine Chardonnay that has benefited from a controlled fermentation in wooden barrels and optimum development in the House’s Cellars.
- 2006 Vintage
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay from the Clos Lanson plot in Reims
- Vinification: 100% oak barrels and 7 years ageing on its lees
- Ageing: 9 years
- Disgorging: 1 year
- Dosage: 3g Brut nature
RICHARD JUHLIN ON LANSON Lanson was founded in 1760 by François Delamotte it was one of the first Champagne houses. François’s son Nicolas-Louis, who was a knight in the Maltese Order, took over in 1798 and decided to use the Maltese Cross as the company’s symbol. The name Lanson didn’t appear until 1837, and it wasn’t until twenty years later that the firm moved to the present address in Reims.
After a brief period in the Louis Vuitton group, Lanson ended up as part of Marne & Champagne in 1990. Today owned by BCC and run by the wonderful Philippe Baijot.
The Champagne house, much appreciated by many royal families, doesn’t own its own vineyards, but instead buys its grapes from sixty different villages. They avoid using malolactic fermentation, making the nonvintage wines a little sour and green when young. I’ve had in-depth discussions with the heads of Lanson—including the serious winemaker, Jean-Paul Gandon—and I must admit that I’m impressed by their solid determination to retain the house-style at any cost. It is no secret that I recommend malolactic fermentation for all blended nonvintage Champagnes that are aimed at direct consumption.
We are, on the other hand, in total agreement that the “Parkerization” that has affected all the red-wine producers of the world should be avoided in Champagne. It would be most unfortunate if the Champagne houses took into consideration my own or Tom Stevenson’s opinions when they make their wines. The region’s diversity must be preserved, and obviously there is a large following for Lanson Black Label. Even the vintage wine is markedly acidic during its first few years on the market, but actually develops very well with age. Old vintages of Lanson are sure bets and value for money. If you have the patience, put the latest vintage down in the cellar for ten years or so—then open and enjoy the bready, yet still-fresh Champagne. Wines from the 1950s, 60s and 70s are, to say the least, brilliant. Impressive to make three different champagnes over 90 points in a vintage like 1997 and 2002 is very promising.
RICHARD JUHLIN ON ‘CLOS LANSON’ A wonderful warm secret vineyard behind the house of Lanson in the middle of the City of Reims planted entirely with Chardonnay. Clear similarities with Clos Pompadour also a pure chalky Reims Chardonnay from Pommery in that case. The wine is made in oak and does not go through malolactic fermentation. It has a unique terroir but is at the same time a typical creation in the Lanson style. On average the production is around 5000 bottles a year so you have to keep your eyes open to find this rarity.
The full lineup of all vintages made of the new superstar Clos Lanson
2015 Clos Lanson 85 (93)
100 % CH
The 2015 is a very promising wine with a strong oak influence as a still wine and with a razor sharp acidity.
2014 Clos Lanson 84 (92)
Of course early days for such a wine. Still you can sense the class undernieath the yeasty fermentation aromas. Beautiful astringent structure.
2013 Clos Lanson 88 (93)
100 % CH
More harmony and nicely developed already. Typical Lanson bouquet with freshly baked bread and red young apples. A wiff of caramel and vanilla in the long lingering aftertaste.
2012 Clos Lanson 89 (94)
A great vintage with tremendous balance between the lush fruit and aging potential. The oak is almost impossible to detect here. It is overshadowed by notes of white peaches, apricot and a deep almost Pinotlike note of liquorice.
2011 Clos Lanson 86 (90)
Nice freshly cut oak aroma, but lacking a little bit of fruit and flesh. Sandy finish.
2010 Clos Lanson 88 (92)
Clarity, edge and freshness in a typical Lanson style. High acidity and bright flavors with a nice note of freshly baked baguette and mashed red apples. Nutty long finish with a hint of sweet lemon.
2009 Clos Lanson 92 (94)
Super concentrated and utterly charming from the start. Lush, rich velvety aromas like a lemon pie with caramel, vanilla and cinnamon.
2008 Clos Lanson 90 (95)
Probably the best Clos Lanson made so far if you have the right amount of patience. It shares the lushness of the 2009, but is also much more restrained and many years younger in structure. Some parts of the wine reminded me of a great Krug Clos du Mesnil. Buy every bottle you see.
2007 Clos Lanson 84 (88)
A vintage that rarely impresses me. This wine is no exception. The oak is not fully integrated and the fruit is a little thin and lean.
2006 Clos Lanson 92 (94)
A very great first attempt! This beautiful wine is just about to be released on the market. It already has got a great deal of soft and rich maturity, but I still think there is room for futher development. The nose got some lovely notes of sabayonne, vanilla and even hints of mint and coco nuts. The wine is deep golden in color and huge in dimensions. In the background there is always a hidden high Lanson acidity to secure the longevity.