2004 Lanson Gold Label Vintage Champagne pairing with Président Triple Cream Brie - Cheese & Alcohol Pairings

2004 Lanson Gold Label Vintage Champagne

2004 Lanson Gold Label’s pristine linear acidity, candied fruit, roasted almond nuances and fine persistent bubbles all work well with the creamy viscosity and subtle flavours of Président Triple Cream Brie. The non-vintage Lanson Black Label (<$45) is a great alternative.

Champagne Lanson, founded in 1760 by François Delamotte, is one of the region’s prestigious grand marque brands. It was already exporting its champagnes to Australia during the 1850s! The 2004 Lanson Gold Label’s shimmering pearlesque colour, intense honey, mineral, white peach, biscuity aromas, superb tangy fruit complexity and sustained creamy effervescence are all hallmarks of a highly focused and beautifully elaborated vintage champagne.

This incredibly refreshing aperitif style is based on grand cru (the best!) vineyards around Cramant, Mesmil-sur-Oger, Verzenay, Verzy and Ay etc. A chardonnay (48%) pinot noir (52%) blend, it is aged for around five years in bottle before disgorgement. The 2004 Gold Label marks the 100th anniversary of Lanson’s production of vintage Champagne. The style is famous for being elegant and tightly structured, a result of the wine not going through malo-lactic fermentation during vinification.

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