♦ LANCERS ♦
WHITE SPARKLING WINE
Lancers was launched in 1944, after Henry Behar visited Europe with the objective
of finding a rosé wine that could be particularly appealing to the American palate. His
search ended in Portugal, more precisely in the Palmela region, in the famous
cellars of José Maria da Fonseca. There, he found the moderately sweet, sparkling
rosé wine he had been looking for.
The wine was christened “Lancers” in homage to one of Mr. Behar’s favourite
paintings: “Las Lanzas” by Velázquez. Produced from the best Portuguese grape
varieties, the first shipment of Lancers arrived in the US in late 1944. The distributor
was Vintages Wines.
Lancers sparkling wine was launched in 1984. The method used to produce it is known as the “Continuous Method”, consisting of several interconected tanks and with controlled temperature and pressure, through which the base wine ferments a second time after the addition of must and yeasts. This process takes about one month. Presently Lancers continues to be a case-study for success, having a world-wide presence and being one of the Portuguese wines most sold around the world.
♦ REGION ♦
♦ VINEYARD AREA ♦
♦ PRODUCTION ♦
♦ BOTTLED ♦
♦ GRAPE VARIETIES ♦
♦ ANALYSES ♦
♦ STORAGE ♦
♦ SHELF LIFE ♦
3 TO 4 YEARS
♦ TASTING NOTES ♦
Lime, banana, pineapple, melon and kiwi
Good fruit, good acidity, medium/small bubble, balanced
♦ VINIFICATION ♦
Fermentation takes place without skins at 20ºC.
♦ AGING ♦
♦ SERVING SUGGESTIONS ♦
It should be served at a temperature of 10ºC.