Highlights: Champagne Lanson NV becomes Le Black Création, and this is editon 258

This is the second release of Le Black Création, following on from 257. It’s the re-badged black label non-vintage from Lanson, but, as Roederer have done, and Krug did before them, it’s giving more information about the composition of the blend, with a goal to add prestige. 258 is based on the 2018 vintage and the information about the blend is presented in great detail on an attractive graphic on their website. 75% of the crus don’t undergo malolactic fermentation, and 32% of the blend is reserve wines. Some of these are vintage wines held in tank; some are perpetual reserve in stainless steel; and some are perpetual reserve in oak. The dosage is 8 g/litre.

Champagne Lanson Le Black Création 258
This shows a beautifully complex nose with some oxidative toasty, nutty notes as well as rich pear and peach fruit, countered by some lemony brightness. The palate is broad in spectrum, with rich toast and apple notes but also fresh lemon and lime. Nicely detailed with a sense of brightness on the finish. This is drinking perfectly now and offers a lot of pleasure. 91/100