Lanson International


Lanson International

Lanson International is a former group of champagne houses, which notably included Lanson, Besserat de Bellefon and Gauthier. Prior to the addition of Lanson in 1990, it traded as Marne et Champagne. In 2006, Lanson International was bought by Boizel Chanoine Champagne Group (BCC), creating the Lanson-BCC group.[1]

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Lanson

Champagne Lanson is a Champagne house located in Reims. Since 2006 it is owned by Lanson-BCC group headed by Bruno Paillard. Lanson was founded in 1760 by a magistrate François Delamotte. He was succeeded by his son Nicholas-Louis in 1798 and formed a partnership with Jean-Baptiste Lanson, who, in 1837, gave the company the name of Lanson et Cie. The company focused, as it still is today, on exporting champagne to foreign markets. By the late 19th century, Lanson was supplying champagne by royal appointment to the courts of the United Kingdom, Sweden and Spain. Lanson still remains a purveyor of champagne to the British Royal Family and displays the coat of arms of Elizabeth II on its bottles.

The champagne house remained family owned until 1980, when it was purchased by the Gardinier Group. It changed hands several times until 1994, when it was purchased by Marne et Champagne (which renamed itself Lanson International). In 1996, Lanson International was purchased by the Boizel-Chanoine Group (BCC). Lanson and Besserat de Bellefon became part of this group, which also includes; Phillipponnat, de Venoge, Chanoine, Boizel and A.Bonnet. The Boizel-Chanoine Group also make 'House Label' Champagne for several UK supermarkets and independent retailers. In 2006, the Lanson-BCC group was created.[1]

In 2008, a major repackaging exercised took place. The new packaging is reminiscent of the Lanson House Style, in the early/late 1980s.

Besserat de Bellefon

Besserat de Bellefon is a Champagne producer based in the Épernay region of Champagne. The house was founded in Aÿ in 1843, was acquired in 1971 by the Pernod-Ricard group, and eventually bought by Groupe Marne et Champagne, renamed Lanson International.[2]

The estate owns no vineyards, purchasing grapes from 110 communes. The house produces approximately 1,300,000 bottles annually.[2]

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References

  1. ^ a b Lanson-BCC: History, accessed 2010-08-06
  2. ^ a b Juhlin, Richard (2002). Tretusen Champagner. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. pp. 190. ISBN 9146200223.  (Swedish)

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