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— CHAMPAGNE LANSON —
THE HOUSE OF LANSON
The perfect start since 1760
Champagne Lanson is one of the oldest existing Champagne Houses, making some of the world’s finest champagnes since 1760. Over the years, the winemakers behind this famous label have carefully perfected their art, passing down the secrets of their craft from one generation to the next. Champagne Lanson’s chef du cave, Jean Paul Gandon, has been chief winemaker for over 40 years, blending every single one of the champagnes bearing the Lanson name.
— CHAMPAGNE LANSON —
Our Story
The perfect start since 1760

1760-1800

  • In 1786, Maison Delamotte became Maison Père et Fils, reflecting the involvement of a younger Delamotte generation. From the outset, the core principles of the House were to encourage young talent and focus on the European market and its Royal and Imperial courts.
  • Around the time of the French Revolution in 1787, François Delamotte, a magistrate in Reims, founded Maison Delamotte, so creating the house that would later become Lanson, Maison Delamotte.
  • Nicolas-Louis Delamotte was François Delamotte’s youngest son and a Knight of the Order of Malta and in 1798 he succeeded François, adopting the Maltese Cross as the company crest.
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1801-1900

  • In 1801, Nicolas-Louis Delamotte formed a partnership with Jean-Baptiste Lanson, the son of farmers from the Ardennes. By 1837, the House had taken on the name Lanson Père et Fils.
  • In 1882, Victor Marie Lanson, Jean-Baptiste’s eldest son, travelled extensively and under his management the English market became increasingly important to the House. The first exclusive agent contract was signed with a leading distributor in London, granting the merchant exclusive rights to distribute Lanson in the UK.
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1901 – 1938

  • In 1900, Queen Victoria awarded a Royal Warrant to Maison Lanson Père et Fils, making it an Official Supplier to the Court of England- an honour that the Lanson House has held ever since.
  • In 1919, Victor Marie’s son Henri and his grandson Victor Lanson formed a partnership, running the House together.
  • 1926 was marked by the acquisition of ‘Clos Lanson’ – the only vineyard left within the walls of the Champagne capital, Reims.
  • In 1937, anticipating modern marketing techniques, Victor Lanson re-named the House’s non-vintage champagne ‘Black Label’. Victor was a tireless globetrotter, expanding Lanson’s presence around the world while maintaining its family-oriented spirit and high level of quality.
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1939 – 1990

  • In 1950, Lanson created its Brut Rosé, one of the first of its kind in Champagne.
  • In 1961, the Lanson 1952 Vintage was served at the table of United States President John F. Kennedy and his wife during a dinner at Château de Versailles.
  • In 1969, Robin Knox-Johnston celebrated becoming the first man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handedly with a bottle of Lanson Black Label.
  • In 1979, Lanson harvested the very first vintage of its Cuvée de Prestige, the Noble Cuvée Brut 1979.
  • Jean Paul Gandon became Chef de Cave (chief winemaker) at Lanson in 1982, a position he still holds today. He originally joined the House in 1972 to run the vineyards and oversee relations with the winegrowers.
  • In 1983, François Mitterand, President of the French Republic, served Lanson’s Noble Cuvée to his guests for the 10th Conference of Heads of State of France and Africa. In the same year, a Blanc de Blancs was added to the Noble Cuvée range.
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1991 – 2014

  • On the eve of the new Millenium Lanson sold a record 8 million bottles, making 1999 the best year in the House’s history.
  • On 4th August 2000, the Queen Mother celebrated her one-hundredth birthday with Lanson.
  • In 2006, Lanson joined Boizel Chanoine Champagne (BCC), a family-owned group in Champagne. Philippe Baijot, a Champagne resident and one of BCC’s founders, became the manager of the House.
  • In 2009, Lanson Extra Age was created ready to be served at celebrations marking the House’s 250th anniversary the following year. Extra Age is made from exceptional vintages and based exclusively on Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. In the traditional House style, Lanson Extra Age avoids malolactic fermentation enabling the fresh, fruity aromas to develop gracefully and giving it an outstanding aging capability.
  • In 2011, to complete the Extra Age range, Lanson launched Extra Age Rosé cuvée combining the outstanding characteristics of vintages from 2002, 2004 and 2005.
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— Champagne Lanson —
OUR PEOPLE
The perfect start since 1760
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OUR PEOPLE
Champagne Lanson
The House of Lanson is proud of its close family of workers, many of whom have worked in the vineyards, cellars, and press houses of Lanson for many years.
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PHILIPPE BAIJOT
President of Lanson
Philippe Baijot was born in the Champagne region. In 1978, he met Gaston Burtin, the founder of Marne et Champagne, with whom he worked until 1990. In 1994 he bought together Boizel and Chanoine Champagne and the BCC group was born. Finally, in March 2006 Philippe and BCC teamed up with the House of Lanson, one of the oldest Houses in Champagne.
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JEAN PAUL GANDON
Chef de Cave
Originally from Tours, Jean Paul studied viticulture-oenology in Burgundy. He spent time working in the vineyards and cellars outside France before returning and choosing to devote himself to Champagne. In 1972, Jean Paul joined Lanson to manage the vineyards before being appointed Cellar Master (Chef de Cave) in 1986.
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HERVÉ DANTAN
Nommé Chef de Caves
Herve Danton joined Champagne Lanson in 2013, as Jean Paul Gandon’s assistant chef du caves. Born and bred in Champagne, Danton was previously winemaker at Champagne Mailly.

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