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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. Each bottle is emblazoned with the official coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth II. Lanson was one of the first Champagne houses to do a Rosé Champagne, and these two special edition all-pink bottles are the perfect gift for a hostess, bride-to-be or new mom.
Characteristics: Persistent bubbles define a creamy mousse, and aromas of strawberries, yeast and spice yield to summer berries with a hint of lemon on the palate. With its clean finish and nice acidity, it’s a wonderful Champagne before dinner with cheese and charcuterie—or afterwards with fruity desserts like strawberry cheesecake or pear cobbler.
Varietals: 32% Chardonnay, 53% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier
Brand: Gilt Wine