Lanson Brut Black Label
Firm and smoky, offering flavors of candied cherry, bread dough, lemon zest and toasted raisin bread, with a lively bead. Moderate finish. Drink now through 2015.
Lanson's Black Label is one of the most familiar Champagne brands, well known for its rich but dry style. It needs some bottle age-as has happened with this bottling-to soften the crispness. The wine is rounded out with toast, puff pastry and freshened with apple skins.