Champagne Lanson has given us a tremendous undertaking, a quest for champagne. They have recently released two outstanding 2004 vintage champagnes which are among the oldest prestige vintage champagnes currently available on the market.
It’s up to us to transport her from the Champagne region to the UK, our quest takes us through Northern France, across the English Channel and into the wild lands of the British market, it won’t be an easy quest but it will be a classy one.
These two bottles were aged for almost two decades in the heart of Reims by Champagne Maison Lanson, founded in 1760, making it one of the oldest champagne houses in existence today.
Within these bottles that we keep are the contents of 2004, one of Champagne’s truly remarkable vintages, both from Champagne Maison Lanson, one of the oldest and most celebrated champagne producers in the world, who recently released their Noble Champagne Brut 2004 and Noble Champagne Blanc De Blancs 2004, both aged for 18 years before reaching their peak of release.
Depart Champagne Maison Lanson in Champagne, and while it’s not a direct route from France, it’s always worth taking a trip through Paris and making a few extra stops, such as the Tower, Louvre Museum, Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Disneyland or even the Catacombs of Paris.
These champagnes were made without malolactic fermentation to create some “excellent vintages that move gracefully through the years”. Although both offer a wonderful taste experience at the moment, which I will discuss later, both champagnes have great potential if stored properly to continue aging for years to come.
Once we reach the border it’s time to cross the English Channel into the UK and decided to travel by boat rather than the Eurostar, luckily the sea was fairly calm, not sure if mine boat could have coped with too many big waves.
Now that we’re in England with the precious champagnes, let’s open them up and get a taste of what 2004 tasted like for Champagne Maison Lanson.
Noble Champagne Brut 2004
The grapes used in this champagne come exclusively from Grand Cru sites of the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, consisting of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir
If you are looking for a food pairing with the Noble Champagne Brut 2004 look no further than a lobster recipe, each complementing the other and enhancing the experience.
Masion Lason – Noble Champagne Brut 2004 – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “A rich yet delicate aroma of citrus, lemon, plum and green pears
Taste – “Fresh lemon peel, lemon zest, notes of biscuits, shortbread, pastries, toast, oaky and nutty characters with notes of hazelnut and almond
Noble champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004
The grapes grown for this bottle flowered on the unique terroir of the Côte des Blancs.
When looking for a food pairing with the Noble Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004, a scallop carpaccio will do wonders by emphasizing the charm of this noble and the dish.
Masion Lanson – Noble Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004 – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “The aroma is full of floral notes, like walking into a flower shop, with hints of lime
Taste – “Almond, hazelnut, biscuit, biscuit and candied lemon candies.
How was the year 2004?
“Blessed by Providence, the 2004 vintage presented varied and unexpected conditions throughout the seasons, yielding fruits typical of a contrasting and bountiful year. The summer season came with gray and hazy skies where light and heat were scarce. The month of September was healing and making way for what would become a masterpiece.’
Hervé Dantan, winemaker at Maison Lanson says: “Everything in this wine is perfectly in place. Time has done its work. The aromas have blossomed and are now revealed in a mature and very precise register. The wine has matured and continues to shimmer. The 2004 vintage offers an incomparable freshness”
“The summer season of the 2004 wine-growing year brought a gray and hazy sky with little light and warmth. The month of September was healing and created a masterpiece. A providential vintage, fruit of a year full of contrasts and generosity, 2004 reinterprets the unique character of the seasons.” – Herve Dantan
Launched on September 29th, these two Lanson 2004 fine champagnes are currently on the market and available for you to taste the 2004 vintage. This could be that special champagne you’ve been looking for to enjoy on Christmas Day. They cost £140.00 for the Brut and £150.00 for the Blanc de Blancs. You can browse their Noble Champagne website for a little more information.
Photo credit: Knight – Boat – Street – Bedroom Window – Parisian Garden