90 Points Tyson Stelzer
Lanson first produced rosé in the 1950s and the style is increasingly important for the house,
now representing an impressive 18% of its production, close to double the region’s average.
It’s intentionally a fruity style, blended with red wine. The base wine is not the same as Black
Label, but not far from it, with more grand and premier cru sourcing in the Rose Label, and
There is a pretty elegance and an understated delicacy to this gorgeous rosé that its blatant
strawberry mousse-coloured livery belies. Don’t be put off by this or its teeny price, because this
is a finely crafted rosé of purity and subtlety, one of the real bargains of rosé champagne. Pinot
noir and chardonnay are blended from the most elegant premier and grand crus with a judicious
dose of red wine of pretty aromatics and soft tannins to create a medium salmon copper–hue
and a delicate freshness of strawberry and raspberry aromas. The palate has crunchy red apple
and tangy morello cherry fruits of pretty and refined persistence. A little dry extract on the
palate sits more comfortably than it does in the Black Label, finishing long, tangy and elegant.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.