Attending producer: Hervé Dantan
Founded in 1760 and defined by the initial vision of its founders, Lanson favours, since its origins, fruitiness, body and vitality of the Pinot Noir, an emblematic grape that represents a significant part of the House blends. The Maison completes with a minimum of 30% Chardonnay, thus resulting in a balance of body and finesse.
Lanson sources all of its grapes from 100 of the 320 Cru villages that make up the Champagne Appellation. More than 50% of all the grapes that Lanson uses come from Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages (versus an average rate of 30% for the whole Appellation).
The Maison Lanson has always made the conscious and deliberate decision to preserve the original style of Champagne privileging wines with no malolactic fermentation. This specificity enables the wine to keep natural and mouth-watering flavours and its freshness, which in turn, enhances the original purity of fruit. This preserves the richness and the particular aromas of the wines, whilst optimizing their ability to age.
Born in 1965, son of a wine-grower and pure Champenois, Hervé Dantan grew up in Champagne. After graduating he did several internships in some of the most iconic wine regions such as Bordeaux, Bourgogne and Alsace. He even worked during a year for a Californian winery to perfect his knowledge, skills and English.
At 25 years old only he became one of the youngest cellar master in Champagne. Highly regarded by many of his peers, Herve was asked to join Champagne Lanson in 2013 by the House legendary winemaker at the time, Jean Paul Gandon. In 2015 following Jean Paul’s retirement and after two years learning all secrets of the Lanson House from him, Hervé Dantan became officially Champagne Lanson new wine maker.