Founded in 1760, Lanson is one of the oldest Champagne Houses which wines are easily identifiable by the iconic red cross on the bottles. The origins of the Lanson cross date back to 1798 when the founder’s son, member of the world’s oldest charitable organisation the Maltese Order, chose the Maltese cross as a symbol for his company. Now redesigned, the Lanson Cross remains the House’s symbol of openness, kindness and hospitality.
Drawing on our family heritage and expertise, the men and women of Lanson have been motivated for 260 years by their constant quest for excellence and love of terroir.
The unique and authentic style of our Champagnes rests on 4 immutable pillars: a meticulous selection of Crus; a vinification according to the traditional Champagne principle with predominantly non malolactic fermentation; a rare collection of reserve wines, and a longer ageing in cellars.
Hervé Dantan, Lanson Winemaker, carefully crafts elegant wines characterised by an inimitable freshness, fruitiness and vitality. As a son of winemaker, Hervé Dantan was always fascinated by the rich and fertile environment of the vineyards. After studying viticulture in a number of French wine regions such as Bordeaux, Alsace and Burgundy, and in California, he was appointed Winemaker at barely 25 years old at a Champagne House where he imprinted his style for 22 years. In July 2013, Hervé joined Maison Lanson and became Lanson Winemaker in 2015, continually perfecting the House’s style inherited from his predecessors.
To mark the Maison’s 260th anniversary, Lanson are releasing two new cuvées this year: Le Black Réserve and Le Blancs de Blancs, created by Hervé Dantan.
Dantan says “Both wines came about following an idea we had for an approach revolving around gastronomy, shortly after my arrival in 2013. Le Black Réserve is in the same lineage of Le Black Label, offering the same freshness and vitality but designed more to accompany fine dining, and made following a blending process taken to the extreme. They are made with a higher quantity of reserve wines than in Le Black Label, mostly aged in casks to produce wines that are more mature, full and generous. Regarding Le Blanc de Blancs, we sought to elevate the freshness of Maison Lanson’s Chardonnays. So we cherry-picked our finest Chardonnays from the most inspiring terroirs and our favourite crus to craft the ideal Champagne to serve before and with a meal.”
Both cuvées will be available in the UK exclusively through Selfridges this Christmas.