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92 points John Gilman, View From The Cellar
The new Lanson ‘Green Label’ non-vintage Brut is the first wine from this fine Champagne house made entirely from organically-farmed grapes certified by Eco-Cert. This is an important and very laudable step from Lanson and I was very happy to find the wine absolutely superb. The wine hails from eight hectares of vines that Lanson bought from LeClerc-Briant when the proprietor of this house passed away in 2010, and which had been farmed biodynamically for several years prior to the sale. The cépages here is a bit different from the Black Label bottling, as the blend is made up of fifty percent pinot noir, thirty percent pinot meunier and twenty percent chardonnay. The new release was disgorged in March of 2018 and is from the superb base year of 2012; it was finished with a dosage of nine grams per liter. The wine offers up a complex nose of white peach, chalky soil tones, patissière, a touch of smokiness and a lovely, gently floral topnote from the high percentage of pinot meunier in the blend. On the palate the wine is crisp, full and focused, with a very good core, refined mousse and very good length and grip on the vibrant and wide open finish. The extended period aging sur latte has allowed the wine to blossom beautifully and this is drinking with bounce and generosity today. Fine juice. (Drink between 2018-2035) (8/2018)
100 points Wine Enthusiast
One of the great Champagnes both for its richness and its longevity, this latest incarnation is superb. The wine’s richness is linked to the ripe fruit and the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend. It also shines in the perfect balance between the texture, the minerality and the integration of the fruit. It can be enjoyed now, but it will be better from 2020 and then for many years to come. *No. 4, Top Cellar Selections of 2018* (RV) (12/2018)
97 points James Suckling
I love the balance between weight and agility in this wine with a dense and compact palate. Yet, there’s brightness and creaminess that melts into the glass. Lots of brioche, pie crust and strawberry tart. Serious balancing act here. Drinkable, but better with a few years of age. (7/2019)
97 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Released in October of last year, Pol Roger’s 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet of waxy citrus rind, dried white flowers, freshly baked bread, iodine and honeyed yellow apple. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, powerful and vinous, with a deep and multidimensional core, broad structural shoulders and considerable concentration, girdled by tangy acids and displaying a youthfully frothy but incipiently fine mousse. The finish is long and intense. This is a terrific rendition of this reliably superb cuvée and well worth seeking out. (WK) (4/2019)
96 points Wine Spectator
This lovely, elegant version is more about restraint and finesse than power, caressing the palate with a silky mousse and a finely woven range of ripe Asian pear, biscuit and star fruit flavors, accented by elderflower, ground ginger and almond skin notes. Lightly mouthwatering, expanding on the chalk-tinged finish. (AN) (4/2019)
1/3 each Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier. This cuvée makes up 60% of Tarlant’s production and sets the standards and expectations for all of their wines: an emphasis on terroir with no diversion from added yeast or dosage. This Zéro is 65% 2012 with 35% reserve winesfrom 2011, 2010 and 2009. The organically farmed, hand-harvested fruit is from estate parcels in four villages (Oeuilly, Boursault, St-Agnan and Celles-lès-Condé) in the Vallée de la Marne. The fruit is gently pressed and the juice fermented with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine does not go through malolactic fermentation. Moved by gravity only, the new vintage is blended with barrel-aged reserve wine and aged sur lattes for several years. The current bottling was disgorged in 2018 (see back label for the exact month) and received no dosage.
90 points Wine Spectator
This ripe bubbly delivers peach and red apple notes, with a hint of pastry, on an accessible profile. Refined and balanced, picking up a honey accent on the long finish.
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