Champagne Harvest of 2018
Before we discuss the great Champagne harvest of 2018, if yo would like to see examples of our family produced Champagnem you can do so HERE.
Lanson Chef de Caves
The Chef de Caves from Lanson, who is Herve Dantan, has declared that the harvest of 2018 has been the best he has ever known. In his opinion it has been incredible, and when the wines are tasted this year the results should be great – perfect for wines and Champagne.
A Great Champagne Year
He labelled 2018 as a ‘fantastic year’ and that the grapes were of a superb quality and plentiful, thanks largely due to the fantastic weather. So 2019 will be a great year for Champagne drinkers.
He was very optimistic for the quality of the wines, although he added that there was no guarantee that the quality would match the conditions. This is by the far the best harvest he has had that he can remember,
There are similarities to the great harvest of 2002, as they both are similar in the fact that there is a lack of acidity in the harvest. There has probably never been a better year than 2019 to buy Champagne so get the credit card ready!
He has checked the sugar levels from the 2018 harvest, and there are great similarities with what was found in 2002, and with a similar balance also. The signs are good, although there will always be a slight sense of apprehension until the wines are tasted.
Dantan was interviewed at a tasting event for the 2002 Lanson Noble Cuvée, this particular fine Champagne has undergone a packaging makeover which makes it slightly more user friendly when it comes to removing the packaging. The neck label is slightly different too as there is now a vertical tab which shows the vintage.
The Blanc de Blancs and Brut were released back in 2017, and proved popular with the public in relation to Champagne related gifts. In that year also there was released a non-vintage rose.
Noble Cuvée 2002
Dantan has revealed that the Noble Cuvée 2002 will be a vintage rosé, a fine Champagne like this would serve as a great gift for anyone. The beauty with this product is the combination of being a rosé and also the age, a rare pairing of qualities these days.
One interesting fact about the fine Champagne Noble Cuvée that Lanson produce is that they all spent approximately 14 years on the lees ageing, Dantan stated that wines of this calibre will often spend such an amount of time maturing before they are released. he added further that blanc de blancs and brut of this range were disgorged back in June 2015. There is no doubt that these fine Champagnes may come with a premium price tag, but almost certainly priced fairly in accordance with the quality.
The Noble Cuvée by Lanson was launched in 1979, it is only made in the most exceptional of years though. This top Champagne house has also made inroads in terms of their house sustainability efforts.
Dantan added that Lanson will be having a number of growers achieving their certification status next year. IN June 2018 he also added that he encouraged their 400 growers to try to produce either sustainable or organic certification.
The idea is to use his own vineyards as a type of benchmark from which other producers can follow suit, such a partnership will include educational visits, and self-assessment of the vineyards with support in an effort to help them attain the relevant accreditation and improve the quality of their Champagne.
Lanson produce an array of luxury Champagnes and have done so for a number of years. Their Champagne is produced to the highest standards and would be a welcome surprise for anyone who buys them such a gift.