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93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "This is a relatively new cuvée from Lanson that has been aged fully for five years in the cellar prior to release and hails exclusively from grand cru vineyards. The wine is a blend of sixty percent pinot noir and forty percent chardonnay. Extra Age is always a blend of at least three different vintages, with this current release based on wines from the 2000, 2002 and 2004 vintages. Given the house style which eschews malolactic fermentation, this new bottling is a very logical extension of the Lanson line and the wine is outstanding, jumping from the glass in a complex and very beautiful blend of green apple, tart orange, wheat toast, smoky overtones and a beautifully complex base of stony minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and broad-shouldered, with superb mid-palate depth, crisp acids, very refined mousse and outstanding length and grip on the wide open and zesty finish. Fine, fine juice. 2012-2030. (Jul/Aug 2012)"
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Creamy, textured wine, with a lively mousse and a balance of fine toasty age and fresh citrus fruits. It shows a dry character, firm and mineral, very textured with the weight to make it a food Champagne. Alcohol 12.5%. (Dec 2011)"
92 points Wine Spectator: "Racy and well-cut, with a fine, lightly chalky texture supporting notes of pastry dough, cassis, graphite and toasted almond. An elegant version, with some power behind the graceful form. Drink now through 2020. 400 cases imported. (12/31/12)"
Producer notes: "40% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir. A cuvée of vintages 2000, 2002 and 2004. Lanson Extra Age X.A. Brut presents an attractive straw-yellow color with fine bubbles. On the nose, yellow fruit and dried fruit notes blend with scents of honey, biscuit and mild spices, developing a powerful and complex aromatic palette. The attack is fleshy, the body full and rich, and the finish crisp and fresh."
The Finest Wines of Champagne: "Lanson is one of the oldest Champagne houses. Founded in 1730, this proud family firm had a deserved reputation until the early 1990s for its distinctive, uncompromising, but unquestionably fine style of Champagne--full-bodied, bracingly dry, and with enough richness and vinosity in its Vintage wines to match fine cuising... the house has been lucky to retain the Lanson family's chef de cave, Jean-Paul Gandon, who has been with them since the 1970s... At Lanson, he has done a remarkable job since 1991, and there has been a real renaissance in the wines..."