Lanson Noble Cuvee Champagne 2002
Variety: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Critic Score: 98 Points
Critic: Huon Hooke
Drink To: 2020
Huon Hooke - 98 Points
Medium to full yellow colour with an explosive, rich super-complex bouquet of toasted bread and roasted nuts, dried flowers and dried herbs, straw and subtle iced pastry nuances. A fabulous bouquet! The palate has amazing power and mouthfilling richness, tremendous length and a finish that reverberates on and on. An extraordinary wine of great harmony and extension, the layers of flavour and aroma are exceptional and the combination of power and finesse such as we never see anywhere outside Champagne. (70/30 chardonnay : pinot noir, all grands crus. Disgorged 6/2016. 6 g/l dosage)
James Suckling - 94 Points
Disgorged in June 2015 after a staggering 12 years ageing in the cellar, this is an essay in great chardonnay with gently flinty grapefruit and lemon fruit on the nose, not to mention hints of white almond and sweet pastry-like notes. The palate has a long spark of fine acidity that is deeply integrated into fresh lemon, yellow grapefruit and beautifully fleshy, smooth mid-palate fruit flavor. Great wine. Drink it now all the way up to 2020.
Here is a wine that proves one should keep an open mind and also not rely on labels for instruction. The 2002 Noble Blanc de Blancs is available in two labels – the old one and my featured new one, so label-slaves would be confounded in their habits. Those out of love with Lanson (I was in this camp) will fall head over heels in a moment, too. This is a spectacular chardonnay, shaped by its brilliant vintage, 17 years of age and its amazing, rich, layered palate. This is a tour de force from the home of the “Black Label” and Champagne fiends. Whether you were previously a Lanson fan or not, you must track it down – its performance will shock you.
The quintessence of the Lanson Style, the Noble Cuvée Brut 2002 Vintage is the incarnation of the excellence of the House expressed in a single year. With its pure lines and remarkable fullness in the mouth, this Champagne reveals the Lanson Style perfectly.
After a mild, sunny and damp winter, the spring of 2002 was hot and dry. The vines benefited from a rare phenomenon of concentration, resulting in rich, very healthy and perfectly ripe grapes.
2002 provided wines of exceptional complexity and balance, combining richness of fruit and brilliance of matter wonderfully. Hervé Dantan, Wine-Maker at Lanson
Blend : 70 % Chardonnay Grand Cru : Avize, LeMesnil-Sur-Oger, Cramant, Oger
30 % Pinot Noir Grand Cru : Verzenay
Ageing : 12 years on slats minimum
Dosage : 6 g/l
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