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NV Lanson Black Label Brut 12.5%

This smells fresh and complex with a nice note of apple blossoms, some gentle marzipan and brioche notes, and fine pear fruit. A touch coarse with the bubbles, but then this shows fine depth of flavor, blending a slightly richer, toastier style with brisk fresh fruit. Shows peach and apricot notes on the palate before revealing some toasted hazelnut notes on the finish. The finish also has a fine vein of minerality. This is quite a vinous Champagne with more than a passing resemblance to still White Burgundy.  Lovely. 91pts   

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  • Greg-
    For those of us who do not live in NYC, how about rating the Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Mumms Mouton Rouge and a few other personal favorites? In reading your column, I did not find some of my common choices even mentioned. I like to learn, but if you don't give me a solid reference frame, I am disappointed. I'm fine with your Bollinger, Taittinger, Laurent Perrier ratings. Perhaps, I expect too much and these are enough for a good comparison. Happy New Year.

    Dec 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM


  • Dear friends & family,

    Another great article, on some outstanding price quality Champagnes, for your New Year celebration !

    SALUD!

    Dec 28, 2011 at 7:33 AM


  • Snooth User: spicycurry
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    No grower Champagnes?

    Dec 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM


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