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I was blessed to win a case of six bottles and still have two, but it encouraged me [hic] to sign up to their website and check out the other wines they do.
I used to hate champagne because I was given a horrible version once but when I won this and realised they also do Rose Champagne I was converted.
The box came well packed by the company and even with a beautiful booklet with lots of ideas to help you create some really nice drinks if you chose not to drink it on it own.
Once the bottle was opened the scent was sparkling and fresh and definitely inviting.
It tastes classic, fresh and elegant with hints of toast and honey, balanced with citrus notes that some may find strong as I first did when I began this sparkling wine.
I'm not a huge alcohol drinker but when I do [I'm boring and responsible] so began to use the suggestions that came with the booklet about using it as an aperitif and it genuinely helps wet the appetite I found.
I was surprised to see the blends there were within the drink
50% Pinot Noir
15% Pinot Meunier
The bubbles continuously and gorgeously rise to the top of the glass which gives the bite and sensation of fizz and looks great when standing and chatting to friends [!]
I found storing six bottles a little tough and had to pre-plan when I was going to drink these with friends and family in order to, I thought chill them from the moment they arrived[ the bottles not my friends!]
I immediately made the mistake of storing them by chilling them but soon found out that it is not wise to chill them at all they need to be stored in conditions of 50-55 degrees. You can store them in 35 degrees as long as they are out of the light and to be honest it does affect the flavour as I, unfortunately, found out.
But to serve the champagne is BEST chilled at 7-10 degree [ but do not put the ice in the glass only around].
It is also recommended in order to get the best aroma and flavour do NOT put it in a flute because it is way too narrow for the Champagne to develop and for you to enjoy.
Honestly winning these bottles of Champagne opened my eyes to how serious people take drinking Champagne and quite right too, to enjoy this you should take the advice of professionals.
Thanks to the Good Food Mag, I also made a wonderful strawberry Champagne jelly out of it, wonderful stuff!
Five things learnt about Champagne thanks to Lanson, I feel it's my duty to pass on.
1. Never pop the cork, it spoils the taste [apparently]
2. Never put ice cubes in you champagne, its tacky.
3. Never freeze Champagne- it destroys the flavour and the aroma.
4. The black label is aged for three years, but really, aged Champagne is not always better.
5. Store the bottle lying down. [You might need to lie down afterwards as well, with a coffee on stand-by.
Lanson Black Label
I am quite a fan of champagne and sparkling wines, for special occasions and when the mood takes me. I often see a good offer in the supermarket and treat myself and my partner to a bottle. Lanson is one of the champagnes that I do not drink or buy for myself too often, but it is definitely up there as one as my favourites.
Lanson Black Label is part of the Lanson BCC group which includes a range of champagne houses. Although champagne to some means sparkling wine, it was first defined by sparkling wines that were made from the grapes of the French Region of Champagne. Lanson has a long history, dating back to 1760 and is one of the most popular and widely drunk Champagnes in the world. The Lanson champagne house wasa warded the Royal Warrant in 1860 by Queen Victoria and the bottle has the Royal Crest on the bottle.
Lanson Black Label
The bottle of this champagne stands out on the shop shelves. It is the classic champagne shaped glass bottle, with a wide body and base blending into a thin neck. The glass is a lovely dark green with a bold black and gold label. The top of the bottle is covered in a thick gold fold that holds the pressurised cage and cork underneath. The bottle contains 75 cl and for this you can expect to pay around the £30 mark; you can also buy this in larger bottles for special occasions and crates.
I think one of the most exciting things about having a bottle of champagne is taking it out of the fridge, ripping open the golden foil and popping the cork. I absolutely love it and wherever you are this practice always brings a smile to people's faces.
When you pop the cork on this champagne you get the lovely sweet and crisp aroma of sparkling grapes hitting your nostrils. There is a kind of waft of vapour release that escapes the neck of the bottle that smells delicious. The champagne is a very fizzy, as you would expect, and so is best poured carefully and lovingly into a champagne flute. A champagne flute glass keeps the drink fresher and colder for longer and also allows you to appreciate the smell of the champagne, encasing the flavours.
This drink is made up of the following grapes, 35% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier which gives it its unique flavour. This is not a vintage champagne, being only 3 years old, but it is a high class non-vintage and has been bestowed many awards over the years. The colour of this champagne is a light gold/yellow with infinite numbers of tiny bubble giving it a glittering and dazzling appearance.
To taste this is a beautiful drink, light and crisp and refreshing. The fizz is very strong and can be overwhelming at first, the fruitiness and lightness are the main tastes with a very faint hint of honey. The taste stays on your taste buds for some time after your sip, which means that you can not only savour it but also stops you from simply just glugging it down and not appreciating its crisp and rich flavour.
As I have mentioned this is a classic and mid-range champagne that retails for around £30, it can be bought in wine shops and supermarkets too and is 12.5 % ABV. I really love this champagne and can recommend it for both the beautiful taste and value; I only wish I could drink it more often!
WHAT IS IT?
Champagne from Lanson. It is supplied in a very beautiful and stylish bottle that has a thick black label with gold detail and high quality gold foil at the neck. It is sometimes supplied in a wooden hinged box like mine was because it was part of my husbands Christmas bonus so his company purchased these special bottles.
I like this champagne very much because it tastes so nice. It is the freshest tasting champagne I have ever drunk and I think the bubbles help to separate the flavours. It has got a very fruity flavour and I can taste English summer fruits like apples and pears in the champagne, there is a flavour of berries as well and that makes it taste sweeter than it would if it didn't have that extra flavour. I am not good at picking out individual flavours but my husband told me he could taste honey in the champagne and when he said that I realised I could too. The honey is like an aftertaste but it doesn't stay in my mouth for very long. I like how sweet this champagne is because that makes it so nice to drink, it feels like luxury to me and it is a champagne I would recommend for special occasions.
WHAT I THINK
This champagne is one of the best I think and you should drink it slowly so that you can taste all of the different flavours. It is very fizzy and I like that the fizz lasts so good even if I do not drink my glass straight off and sip it slowly. We drank our bottle of Lanson Black Label in one go so I do not know how well it would keep if you put a wine stopper in the bottle and kept it for another day.
You do not need to drink very much of this champagne before you start to feel drunk. It has got 12.5% alcohol in it but it goes to my head very quick and the next day I had a very bad headache even though I did not drink much of it. I too think it is quite a sickly drink because of how sweet it is, it has got a bit if a syrup flavour to me but my husband thinks it is not very sweet at all.
I will definitely buy this champagne again but would not pay extra just for the wooden box even though that makes the champagne look more special and would make it easier to wrap up if it was a gift.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Am ever so sorry but I've moved this to the Pommery section. If I could figure out how to delete the post I would. There does'nt seem to be that facility so I guess I'll have to leave it and let the moderator wipe it. Sorry if I've annoyed anyone, it was unintentional. Am ever so sorry but I've moved this to the Pommery section. If I could figure out how to delete the post I would. There does'nt seem to be that facility so I guess I'll have to leave it and let the moderator wipe it. Sorry if I've annoyed anyone, it was unintentional. Am ever so sorry but I've moved this to the Pommery section. If I could figure out how to delete the post I would. There does'nt seem to be that facility so I guess I'll have to leave it and let the moderator wipe it. Sorry if I've annoyed anyone, it was unintentional. Am ever so sorry but I've moved this to the Pommery section. If I could figure out how to delete the post I would. There does'nt seem to be that facility so I guess I'll have to leave it and let the moderator wipe it. Sorry if I've annoyed anyone, it was unintentional.
Birthdays...Christmas...Weddings...Anniversaries...Passing an exam...Falling in love...A night in with a group of close friends...A night in with one very special friend...Parties...Hot balmy Friday nights in a bar in the centre of London...Freedom...Excitement...Happiness. I associate Champagne with happiness and feeling good. It's about celebrating life, marking a special moment in time, putting aside all the bad things that go on and paying homage to all the good things. Nothing else captures and prolongs that feelgood effect in quite the same way. My favourite champagne is Lansons Black Label. This is not necessarily because it tastes better than all the others - most of the popular brands taste good - it's because this was the first bottle I shared with my current man, and I'll always associate it with the wonder of that new relationship and the happiness I felt at that time. That to me sums up what Champagne is all about - it's the memories and feelings it evokes that are special, and make you feel great. Who doesn?t love a great party? And what would a wedding or a romantic meal be without a glass or two of champers to mellow your mood and make you feel special? Lanson's is not a particularly expensive brand - under twenty quid a bottle, in fact, but it's perfect for that celebratory moment. The taste is described in my wine guide as "toasty...a rich blend of honey and biscuits with a lingering floral aftertaste." Fair enough, but I'd describe it as decadent, rich and dry, dry, dry. Just the right amount of bubbles to tease your tongue without frothing up your nose! It does have a powerful aftertaste, and I find that it has to be chilled really well in order for that aftertaste to be appreciated - if it gets even the slightest bit too warm, it becomes quite metallic and unpleasant. Properly chilled, it's delicious. I'm not one for religiously matching wi
ne to particular foods, and I believe this Champagne will enhance most meals, and is just as perfect without food, but it does seem to go very well with creamy, rich creations such as chicken in white wine sauce, risotto and most pasta dishes. Foods that are as decadent and indulgent as itself. I'm even trying it with sushi this evening, to celebrate being with my man for three years today. Three years! It really doesn?t seem that long... Champagne - and particularly THIS champagne - is definitely one of my most favourite things. I hope to enjoying it for many years to come. Cheers - and congratulations Jill! "Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about one of YOUR favourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th August."
Lanson Black Label is not the most well known Champagne but it is well on the way to being THE major champagne house. Yes Yes Krug, Veuve Cliquot they are all very good.The problem is they are also very pricey. Like alot of the Champagne houses; Lanson has produced a reasonably priced bubbly and Lansons is by far the best and tastes great. This particular Champagne is for when you need to watch you budget but still want "The Real Thing". Being priced nearly a fiver less than your normal champagnes, should you be having a large bash it will help keep the cost down. For the palate a dry fruity wine, you can actually taste the Chardonnay and a faint citrus flavour. An affordable treat, not to be missed.
Three grape varieties are used to create the Lanson Brut: Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. A range of 40 to 50 crus are blended together to form this Brut Champagne. Each is vinified separately so the cellar master has an great choice of aromas available to him. It is the product of 3 year's ageing in over 4 miles of cellars. Nose: Vitality and scents of spring mixed with a touch of toast and honey. Palate: Bouquets of ripe fruit and citrus fruit give a sensation of fullness, fruitiness, and lightness. This has a long lingering taste.