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Why to buy: The royal families of the United Kingdom, Sweden and Spain have been pouring Lanson champagne into their flutes for more than 250 years, and each bottle is emblazoned with the official coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth II. This demi-sec (or semi-sweet) Champagne is renowned for its elegant structure and beautifully balanced acid, a perfect bed-in-breakfast pairing for warm waffles with strawberries and cream.
Nose, palate and pairing: Yellow straw in color with glints of gold, this Champagne has aromas of ripe nectarines, cinnamon and honey. It’s very full, round and fruity on the palate. Just slightly off-dry with a hint of sweetness, it’s a stylish summertime aperitif when paired with tangy cheese or grilled fish.
Varietals: 35% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier
Brand: Gilt Wine