Rare New Champagne Release From the Epic 2008 Vintage, The Clos Lanson
*One of the last releases from the epic 2008 vintage*
*Only 6,768 bottles for the world*
*Scores up to 98 points
We are delighted to offer one of the last releases from the epic 2008 Champagne vintage, the incredibly rare Clos Lanson 2008. Sourced from a tiny walled vineyard that measures a minuscule 1ha, there are only 6,768 bottles of this for the world, and, considering the vintage, scores and rarity, it’s likely to be an instant sell-out.
For Champagne collectors, this is unmissable. This single vineyard benefits from a very pure, chalky soil and an exceptional microclimate, which is ideal for the development of high-quality Chardonnay. It is then aged for a massive 12 years on the lees to add further complexity and nuance before release. The raw materials and winemaking are sensational. Combine this with “a magical vintage in Champagne” (Anson), and the result is spectacular.
For James Suckling, it is a 98-point superstar and rated at a whopping 98 points. Jane Anson says, “Just love the nuanced character of this Champagne”, and Georgina of Decanter found “this has an elegance to it that is really compelling”. Both give it an excellent 97 points.
A superb Champagne, but quantities are very limited, so please let us know if you would like to secure any at your earliest.
2008 Clos Lanson
£537 per case (3*75cl OWC) in bond
£435 per magnum (1*150cl OWC) in bond
98 points James Suckling
Golden apples, chalk, hazelnuts, saltines and sandalwood on the nose, with cloves and salted caramel. Some white tobacco. Intriguing and full of character, building on the palate, with a full body and spicy, phenolic layers. Very tight mousse. Long and intense. From a 1ha walled plot of chardonnay in Reims. Disgorged December 2022. 4g/L dosage. 6,768 bottles produced. Drink or hold
. (2023) www.jamessuckling.com
97 points Jane Anson
Just love the nuanced character of this Champagne, from the toasted brioche aromatics, to the white pear, saffran, iris flowers, spiralling through to sea shell and salted cracker. Gentle but persistent mousse that draws the flavours out and makes you go back for more. A magical vintage in Champagne, and this is a library release from the 1ha Clos Lanson, now in its third year on the Place de Bordeaux. Hervé Dantan winemaker, Emmanuel Gantet director. The grapes are sourced entirely from grand cru vineyards
. (2023) www.janeanson.com
97 points Decanter (Georgina Hindle)
Smells quite autolytic, yeasty and bready, nutty too with faint florality and touches of salt – expressive and open on the nose with caramel, vanilla and buttery toast accents. Sharp and highly acidic on the palate with piercing citrus fruit aromas give this an immediate tang and edges and a tight frame offering some tension still. So frothy and lively, fresh and forward, this has an elegance to it that is really compelling with zing and a burst of lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit as well as some stony minerality that comes towards the finish. Bright, zesty and almost a bit sour, but there’s concentration all the way through and this rounds out nicely. Still young but a compelling wine right now. Ageing 12 years on its lees and six months post disgorgement. 4g/l Extra Brut. Grapes come from a 1ha single vineyard farmed biodynamically, and certified HVE since 2019. Library release. Director Emmanuel Gantet, winemaker Hervé Dantan.
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available in the UK Q1 2024.
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