Highlights: Champagne Lanson Le Vintage 2013 France

This new release from the cold 2013 vintage has high acidity but really works.

Champagne Lanson Le Vintage 2013 France
This is a blend of 53% Pinot Noir (Verzenay, Verzy, Bouzy, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ) and 47% Chardonnay (Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Chouilly, Oger, Vertus, Trépail) that spends 9 years on lees and then is disgorged with a dosage 0f 7.5 g/litre. From one of the coldest recent vintages (harvest began 24 September), this is a very lively and acidic Champagne with bright lemony fruit and some subtle notes of apple, peach and hazelnut. It finishes with some grapefruit pith bitterness and tart acidity, but there’s a lovely focus and tension here, with layers of complexity. Lots to like here, even though you could confuse it with an English fizz with the keen acidity in the forefront. 93/100