LANCERS - 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 “ Continuous Method”, consisting of several tanks, interconnected and with temperature and pressure controlled, through which the base wine ferments a second time after 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.
Grape varieties: Arinto, Malvasia
Colour: Yellowish with some greenish tints
Aroma: Tropical fruit
Palate: Fresh and balanced
Fermentation takes place without skins at 20ºC.
It should be served well chilled at a temperature of 4ºC.