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by Fred McMillin
Lanson Champagpe House chairman Victor Lanson is reputed to have drunk over 70,000 bottles of champagne during his lifetime.
...The Wines of France, Clive Coates
What Was Victor Checking?
"Lanson's Black Label is one of the world's best-known champagnes. It is fresh, citrussy and clean."
...Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine, Christopher Foulkes
"Lanson is especially well known for its non-vintage Black Label, a very reliable, fragrant, fruity champagne with a soft, fresh taste."
...The Wine Atlas of France, Johnson & Duijker
Now, the Black Label is blended from 40 to 50 crus ("crews"), each fermented separately. So, any conscientious chairman would have to keep close tabs on what his winemakers were doing with his best-selling Black Label, which is our...
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Postscript—The German Connection
Some 200 years ago, the Lansons were a German family living in the Ardennes. The French were hiring Germans to do the heavy lifting in the production of champagne. However, the Germans were very alert and competent, learned the business, and often wound up running and finally owning the firms that employed them.
The Lansons provide a textbook example of the German connection.
The Frenchman Francois Delamotte founded the firm in 1760. In 1828 Francois' son took on Jean-Baptiste Lanson as a partner. A decade later, two more Lansons joined the firm. In 1856, the last of the Delamottes passed away and the firm's name was changed to that of its new owners, the Lansons.
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