THE CHOICE FOR RICHNESS
The House of Lanson has always blended its champagnes using a majority of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in order to achieve the perfect balance of power and finesse.
Our supply from over 500 hectares of vines in the wine-growing region of Champagne offers a wealth of choice and enables Lanson to select the best grapes from the best plots.
THE SEARCH FOR PURITY
The freshness and energy that are key to the Lanson style are closely linked to the House’s historic commitment to using a traditional wine-making method, without malolactic fermentation. Lanson emphasises the fruit and the richness of aromas in a search for purity in its wines.
THE ART OF BLENDING
Wines from different plots are vinified separately. Through numerous tasting sessions they are assessed and classed according to their aromatic family. Blending is the art of creating a wine that is superior to the sum of its parts.
The palette of flavours, and the talent of Winemaker Hervé Dantan,come together to create the perfect balance of fruitiness, elegance and freshness.
THE TIME FACTOR
The richness of the grape varieties and Crus is complemented by the richness of different years. Adding reserve wines helps to amplify the quality of young wines.
Non-vintage cuvées are therefore composed of reserve wines and more than 10 different years of harvests, and are left to age in the Cellar for at least three years.
The vintage Cuvées take this time to mature and continue to develop their extraordinary aromas. Lanson wines journey through time perfectly.
ONE OF CHAMPAGNE’S OLDEST HOUSES
The House of Lanson was founded in 1760 by François Delamotte, an influential character in Reims society. The joint owner, alongside his wife, of a not-insubstantial vineyard in Cumières and Ay, he decided to found his own Champagne house – one of the very first ever to exist.
In 1798, Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, his younger son, took over from his father. Having been admitted as a knight of the Order of Malta at a very young age, he decided to use the Maltese Cross as the House’s emblem. Now revised, the Lanson cross has become the icon of the company.
LANSON, FROM FATHER TO SON
Jean-Baptiste Lanson, a long-standing friend and later associate of the Delamottes, gradually began to play an increasingly important role in the management of the House. After an agreement between the two families, he succeeded Nicolas-Louis Delamotte on the latter’s death and renamed the business Maison J-B Lanson et Compagnie.
In 1855, Victor-Marie Lanson, Jean-Baptiste’s son, took over the running of the House. The House then took the name Lanson Père et Fils. Jean-Baptiste worked to develop the business outside France, and particularly in Great Britain. He signed the first exclusive agent’s contract with the well-established Percy Fox company in London. This contract lasted a hundred years and gave the House a dominant position in Great Britain.
THE LANSON ADVENTURE
The House developed steadily and won increasing numbers of admirers among connoisseurs, including crowned heads – The House of Lanson has been the official supplier to the British court since 1900, when Henri Marie Lanson was awarded the title of “Purveyor of Champagne to Her Majesty” by Queen Victoria.
Later, Lanson also became the only Champagne of the principality of Monaco. In recognition of this honour, the House developed a special design including Monaco’s symbolic chess-board pattern.
Victor Lanson then took the helm in 1928. He had a considerable influence on the House’s history, and would become known as the “great ambassador of Champagne”.
In 1937, he wanted to promote sales of non-vintage dry wine and decided to name the blend Black Label in honour of the House’s biggest market, Great Britain. He was also one of the first to develop rosé champagne.
MEN OF PASSION
Etienne Lanson, one of Victor’s sons, joined the House alongside his father. He took over in 1967 and decided to conserve vintages in the cellars to develop a unique wine library, from which the House still benefits today.
In 1972, Jean-Paul Gandon joined the House and in 1986 became the Winemaker – a role he held for almost 30 years!
In 2013, Hervé Dantan joined the House, working alongside Jean-Paul Gandon. In 2015, after two years of sharing and passing on the secrets of Champagne Lanson’s production, he has now taken on the great responsibility of being the House’s Winemaker.
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, FROM THE VINE TO THE FLUTE
Lanson is the only Grande Maison in Reims to offer a Champagne experience from the vine to the flute.
Our guided tours last around 1 hr 30 mins and are available in English or French. Advanced booking is required.
A true journey of initiation, the tour takes visitors through the different stages of the Champagne production process in a unique, interactive setting.
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