The week in pictures

Manoir

db was lucky enough to be invited to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire this week to celebrate the launch of Lanson’s first single vineyard Champagne, Clos Lanson. We arrived at dusk just as the sun was setting, which cast a glorious golden light on the hotel.

Herve

Our host for the evening was Lanson’s charming chef de cave, Hervé Dantan, who talked us through a tutored tasting of every vintage of Clos Lanson from 2006 to 2015 made from the plot, starting with the unfinished 2015 and working back to the first release of the 2006 vintage.

Clos Lanson

Dantan described the 2015 vintage in Champagne as “great” and boasting “a lot of richness”. He believes the 2012 vintage meanwhile, shows “great balance between freshness and maturity”. “Making a wine every year from the site goes against the spirit of vintage Champagne, but this plot is unique and allows us the conditions to elaborate a wine each year due to the warmer climate it enjoys being in the centre of Reims,” he said.

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