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1999 Lanson Gold Label Champagne

Tasting Notes:

Eyes: clear, med- lemon (to gold), watery rim, bubbles
Nose: clean, med+ intensity, developing to fully developed, sourdough, toasty, biscuity, green fruit, citrus
Mouth: dry, high acidity, med to med+ alcohol, med- body, long length, med+ intensity, delicate bubbles
All in all: Very good quality; drink now, but has potential for ageing.

Compared alongside some NV Henkell Trocken.

Ah, of course – the quintessential Champagne for the beginning of WSET class tasting. Of course, though, I stumble into class just in time for class to begin.

I don’t remember why, but in comparison to the previous Champagnes I’ve had, this one seemed just a touch lacklustre. I felt that, although the overall nose was intense, that the yeasty notes were not as pronounced in comparison to the nose as a whole. I also did read somewhere that 1999 was a less than average year for Champagne (in terms of acidity). I felt this was decent. Creamy citrus, decent nose.

Producer: Lanson
Designation: 
Gold Label
Region: 
France
Sub-Region: 
Champagne
Variety:
 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
ABV:
 12.5%
Vintage:
 1999
Tasted:
 May 26, 2012
Price:
 $124

Josh

DipWSET, Certified Sommelier, garbage person.

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