Champagne Lanson: The Perfect Start

With over 250 years of tradition, Lanson is one of the oldest champagne houses. In 1900, Queen Victoria bestowed Lanson the honor to become an official supplier to the English Royal Court. To this date, Lanson remains a purveyor of champagne to the British royal family and displays the coat of arms of Elizabeth II on its bottles.

The descendant of the founder, Francois Delamotte (founded the house in 1760), his son Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, served in the Order of Malta and, shortly after the takeover around 1798, made the Maltese cross the logo of his family’s champagne house. The red cross now adorns every bottle of Lanson and has always had a high recognition effect.

As an exclusive brand, Lanson is regularly present at prestigious sports tournaments. That includes being the main sponsor of the legendary Wimbledon tennis tournament for more than 25 years.

Lanson is one of the five most prestigious Grandes Marques de Champagne. The House produces around five million bottles of champagne a year. 65 percent of these are exported, the majority to England.

Hervé Dantan, the talented Chef de Cave at Lanson, is ensuring the quality of the wines since 2013. In addition to Hervé’s talent, an important part of the recipe for success is that Lanson primarily uses grapes from Premier Cru and Grand Cru locations. Champagne Lanson prefers Pinot Noir grapes, which give the wine body and strength. At least a third of all wines are also made from Chardonnay grapes that touch the palate and have rich flavors.

For Hervé, quality comes before quantity. Therefore, Champagne Lanson does not use malolactic fermentation and thus continues an old tradition. The traditional production process ensures the intensive freshness of the wines, develops fruity aromas and allows the wines to age longer. Champagne Lanson stores its wines longer than required: at least three years for non-vintage wines (instead of at least 15 months) and at least five years for vintage wines (instead of at least three years).

Lanson offers guided tours so you can follow the path of its champagne from the vine to the glass. A wonderful journey into the world of this renowned Champagne house: a stroll in the Clos Lanson, the secret garden, a visit of the wineries and wooden cellars, forgetting time and getting lost in the labyrinth of the wine cellars … A unique experience in the heart of the Cité des Sacres.