Lanson began as one of the first Champagne houses in 1760. It has been a purveyor of quality and prestige since its humble beginnings. It has been the supplier to the British Court since 1900. To honor its close ties to Great Britain, in 1938 it developed a quality non-vintage that they could keep in supply. This became the Black Label, a symbol of elegance. The Black Label is made up of various crus all aged for at least ten years making up a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier. This classic cuvée is then aged 3 years in the bottle and 6 months after discouragement. With its close ties to the mother of the common wealth and also being imported by one of Marlborough’s best wineries it was the perfect pairing with New Zealand’s Burleigh Meat Pies.