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Champagne Tasting 3rd July


We’re so excited to be hosting our first Champagne tasting this coming weekend. 

It’s going to be a fun and exciting afternoon with six fabulous Champagnes to taste and nibbles / light bites served by one of our lovely local pubs The Red Lion at Caythorpe, who promise to serve up a range of tasty bites  to compliment the wines. 

Our guest of honour Laura Dawson from Lanson International will be talking us through their range of wines along with myself we’ll hopefully demonstrate that not all Champagnes are equal. 

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

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The Wines

Lanson Le Black label

The origin of the Lanson Cross dates back to 1798, when the founder’s son, then a member of the Hospitaller’s Order of Malta (the oldest charity worldwide, founded in 1048), decided to utilise the Maltese Cross to fashion the emblem of Lanson. Today, redesigned and engraved on each bottle, the Lanson Cross remains a symbol of openness, kindness and hospitality.

Champagne Lanson formed in 1760 is the third oldest house in Champagne and one of the most prestigious. Founded by Francois Delamotte they obtained the Royal Warrant during the reign of Queen Victoria, something which remains today.Collaborating with the same winemaker, Jean-Paul Gandon, for 38 years, Champagne Lanson is one of the few houses in the Champagne region that chooses not to use malolactic fermentation. The wines are aged for longer than most non vintage Champagnes with a minimum of three years aging. This decision guarantees the freshness and optimal development of the wines` flavours, allowing vintages to mature fully and evolve their complete array of aromas.

Well known Champagne with the famous Black Label. Universally appreciated this is a classic that embodies the character of a great house. Brilliant golden straw colour with glints of amber. An expressive aroma of springtime scents, and hints of toast and honey precede lively ripe fruit flavours and a vibrant citrus finish on the palate.

Well known Champagne with the famous Black Label. Universally appreciated this is a classic that embodies the character of a great house. Brilliant golden straw colour with glints of amber. An expressive aroma of springtime scents, and hints of toast and honey precede lively ripe fruit flavours and a vibrant citrus finish on the palate.

Taittinger Brut Reserve

Taittinger remains one of the few Champagne Houses to be owned and actively managed by the family named on the label.

Pierre Taittinger

Its origins date back to 1734 when the original house was founded by Jacques Fourneaux. The Taittinger link was established in 1931 when Pierre Taittinger, the founder of today’s company acquired the House. Pierre spent time in the Champagne region when serving in the 1st world war as a young cavalry officer. Stationed at the Château de la Marquetterie, he fell in love with this remarkable property and its vineyards and eventually purchased the company. Today, the Reims based House is headed up by Pierre’s great grandchildren Vitalie and Clovis, both of whom are actively involved in the day to day running of this thriving family Champagne House.

The Taittinger family has managed the Champagne House for nearly a century. Its aim has always been the pursuit of excellence. “Having our family name on a bottle places demands and responsibilities on every minute. The name on the bottle conveys both the skills and knowledge of the past and a commitment to the future”. Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger has embodied this commitment for 40 years, and today he shares it with his son, Clovis and his daughter, Vitalie who both work beside him in the day to day running of the Champagne House. Together, they create a very close-knit and complementary family trio.

Taittinger Brut Réserve is a blend of Chardonnay (40%), Pinot
Noir and Pinot Meunier (60%) wines from over 35 different
vineyards and vintages matured to perfection. This high
proportion of Chardonnay, unique among fine non- vintage
champagnes, and a minimum ageing of three years in the
cellars, where it reaches the peak of aromatic maturity, makes
Taittinger Brut Réserve a delicately balanced champagne,
known for its consistently excellent quality all over the
world.Taittinger considers it an honour to produce a Brut
champagne every year without exception

The brilliant body is golden yellow in colour. The bubbles are
fine, while the foam is discreet yet lingering. The nose, very
open and expressive, delivers aromas of fruit and brioche. it
also gives off the fragrance of peach, white flowers (hawthorn,
acacia) and vanilla pod.The entry onto the palate is lively, fresh
and in total harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of
fresh fruit and honey. Taittinger Brut Réserve, which acquires
its maturity during three and four years ageing in the cellar,
offers excellent aromatic potential

Laurent Perrier Rose

The House of Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot and took the name Vve Laurent-Perrier when Mathilde Emilie Perrier, the widow of Eugène Laurent, combined the two family names after she decided to expand the business.

Eugénie Hortense Laurent, her daughter, inherited the House in 1925 and sold it to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt in 1939.

Elegant, with colour changing naturally from a pretty raspberry hue to salmon pink.
A precise nose of extraordinary freshness and a wide range of red fruits: raspberry, redcurrant, strawberry and black cherry.
A fresh and sharp attack for this supple and rounded wine. On the palate, it offers the sensation of plunging into a basket of freshly picked red berries.

Grape varietal:

  • Pinot Noir 100%


  • 10 different Crus located mainly in the South and North areas of the Montagne de Reims ‑ including the finest Crus from the famous Côte de Bouzy ‑ Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois and Tours‑sur‑Marne.


  • The grapes from carefully selected plots are sorted and destemmed before vatting.
  • The maceration ‑ lasting from 48 to 72 hours depending on the harvest ‑ helps the extraction of the colour and allows us to obtain unequalled aromas, revealing all the richness of the best Crus of Pinot Noir.

Vinification and blending:

  • Ageing: an ideal minimum of 5 years.

Lanson Le Black Reserve

From a selection of the finest Crus of Champagne including 70% of Grands and Premier Crus which range over a period of 20 years.  Once made the wine was aged for a period of 5years. 

Le Black Réserve is the second cuvée created by Hervé Dantan, the house winemaker, to offer a Lanson non-vintage Brut combining freshness, complexity and fullness in order to seduce wine and gastronomy connoisseurs.

Biscuit notes with hints of pear, jam and honey and and underlying tone of soft spices. The fruit is intense with mature apple, citrus and a chalky freshness. 

Lanson Vintage 2009

The 2009 harvest offered a complex wine that is characterised by its richness, its freshness, its generous aromatic expression, and its balance. The colour is straw yellow, sparkling with fine bubbles. The aromas of pears, apricots, candied fruits, honey, acacia flowers and lime blossom form an intense bouquet.

2009 was the perfect growing season the like of which hadn’t been since since 2003. The weather was hot and dry during the last two weeks in August and then a good quantity of rainfall enabled the grapes to fatten followed by warm days for ripening. Once made the wine was aged for 10 years.

Krug Grande Cuvee

When Joseph Krug established the Champagne House bearing his name in 1843, driven by his understanding that the true essence of Champagne is pleasure itself, his dream was to offer the very best Champagne every year, regardless of annual climate variations. 

The first re-creation of Krug Grande Cuvée – the first Édition – was therefore composed around the harvest of 1845. Every year only once a year a new creation, a sole blend, a unique bottling – thus a new Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée – is created. The Édition number is the number of times this act of creation has happened, which also corresponds to the number of years in the House of Krug the founder’s dream has been re-created. 

Once crafted, the bottle enters Krug’s cellars to rest for around seven years.

Krug Grande Cuvée 169ème Édition was composed around the
harvest of 2013, a year that beautifully expressed the unique
characters of some of the House’s iconic plots.

The season began with a seemingly endless winter followed by a
rainy and cool spring. Luckily, summer was hot and sunny, although
also marked by hailstorms, which took their toll in the vineyards. The
wines of the year were generous, expressive and full of flavours.

To create this Édition, the Cellar Master looked to accentuate the
year’s fullness and beautiful aromatic elegance with different plots’
wines from almost every year of the first decade of the millennium.

In all, reserve wines from the House’s extensive library made up 40%
of the final blend, bringing the breadth and roundness so essential to
each Édition of Krug Grande Cuvée

A light golden colour and fine, vivacious
bubbles, holding a promise of pleasure.

Aromas of flowers in bloom, ripe, dried and
citrus fruits, as well as marzipan and

Grilled notes and flavours of almond paste,
quince, lemon, limoncello and dried fruit

Following the tasting and weather permitting we will be serving drinks from the bar for you enjoy into the early evening.

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