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Rising Star Champagne de Venoge
 

Dear Wine Lover,

 

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate has just released their “Interim End of November Report” issue, which included a few interesting reports on Austria, Southern Rhône, and Tuscany. But the most interesting, in our opinion was the Champagne Report which included masterpieces like Salon le Mesnil 2006, Piper Heidsieck Rosé Rare, Bruno Paillard and Champagne de Venoge.

 

We were happily surprised that the highest rated Champagne was not the ultra-rare and ultra-expensive Salon Le Mesnil, but Champagne de Venonge, which is a small boutique producer from Épernay.

 

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate calls de Venoge “the rising star” of Champagne, stating that “the prestige cuvées Louis XV and Louis d’Or are simply amazing in their rich creaminess, finesse and vinous elegance. Check out the great 2006s, which include one of the finest Rosés you can find in Champagne. And, don’t miss the 1995 Louis XV.”

 

With a super limited production, (considering that Dom Pérignon produces about 6-7 million bottles per year, Krug which is considered a boutique producer makes about 500’000 bottles per year) de Venoge only puts out around 30’000 bottles for The Louis XV 2006 and about 10’000 bottles of The Louis XV Rosé, even rarer is the Louis d’Or.

 

Below you can find the highest rated Champagnes according to the latest report from Parker:

Vintage

Wine Name

Color

Rating

Price

2006

Champagne de Venoge Louis XV Brut Rosé Millésimé

Rosé

97

230$

2002

Bruno Paillard NPU - Nec Plus Ultra Extra Brut

White

97

NA

1995

Champagne de Venoge Louis XV Brut

White

97

230$

2006

Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut

White

96+

619.99$

2007

Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Millesimé Rare

Rosé

96

NA

2006

Champagne de Venoge Louis XV Brut Millésimé

White

96

170$

1996

Champagne de Venoge Louis d'Or Brut Millésimé

White

96

250$

 

 

75.0 cl Champagne Louis XV - De Venoge - 2006 CHF 100.00 (CHF 118.80 Vat Incl.)

36 bottles or more CHF 95.00 (CHF 102.60 Vat Incl.)

Robert Parker 96 Points: The assemblage of the 2006 Louis XV Brut Millésimé is about the same as the 1995 and 1996—composed of 50/50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, all from grand cru villages. The only difference is that the Chardonnay from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (10% of the assemblage) spent 12 months in oak barrels. Disgorged in January 2017 (dosage: six grams per liter), the 2006 has a golden color and opens with a deep, ripe, elegant and vinous bouquet with toasty and chalky lemon and fresh white fruit flavors. On the palate, this is an intense, round, fresh and complex Louis XV with great purity and finesse. The wine opens on the palate like a soufflé, coating the whole palate without any pressure or weight—gorgeous! This is a delicate and fresh yet well-structured and persistent Louis XV whose intense and long but weightless finish reveals lovely, almost juicy fruit concentration with perfectly integrated freshness and lasting minerality that seems to give additional structure. The 2006 shows a lot of Chardonnay features right now and drinks perfectly today; however, it can be kept under perfect conditions for decades. Just keep it in the box, because the bottle is white and nothing makes a Champagne age faster than exposure to daylight. (Tasted in November 2017 from Lot LL15067017BT.) The next vintage of Louis XV will be the 2008. It will be the first vintage whose base wines haven't undergone malolactic fermentation. Release date: End of 2018._Champagne de Venoge's finest wines come along in carafe-shaped bottles that one might call kitsch, but I like them. They don't fit in my fridge door, but my fridge is big and the Champagne's good enough to deserve its own shelf and an upright position. The prestige cuvées Louis XV and Louis d'Or are remarkably elegant and vinous sparkling wines with structure, great complexity and also finesse. The 2006 Brut Rosé is one of the finest you can get, and the 1995 Louis XV is a greatly matured and generous Champagne that is still terribly fresh even though it was disgorged more than ten years ago in 2006. Cellar master Isabelle Tellier is doing a great job; there is not a single disappointing wine in the current portfolio that starts with the easy-drinking Cordon Bleu and offers some sophisticated cuvées in the Princes range. Champage de Venoge is—despite its glorious but volatile history (in terms of frequent changes of ownership)—still an underrated rising star in the Champagne region. Champagne de Venoge is now owned by Lanson-BCC.

 

75.0 cl Champagne Louis XV - De Venoge - 1995 CHF 120.00 (CHF 129.60 Vat Incl.)

36 bottles or more CHF 110.00 (CHF 118.80 Vat Incl.)

Robert Parker 97 Points: Possessing a beautiful golden color with orange and even Amber reflections, the 1995 Louis XV Brut is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from several grands crus—Verzenay, Ambonnay, Mailly and Bouzy for the Pinot and Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Chouilly for the Chardonnay. What a gorgeous bouquet is this! Vinous and slightly oxidative, with hints of figs and dates, toffee, Madeira, Vin Jaune, Sherry, biscuits, toasted rice, white mushrooms, earthy flavors, licorice, oriental spices, vanilla, dried oranges and apricots and a thousand more flavors. If you like matured Champagnes, you'd die for this. On the palate, however, this is a fascinatingly pure, fresh, tight and delicate Champagne that is lithe and perfectly balanced but also concentrated. The finish is again pure, fresh and mineral, with stewed apricot and peach flavors in the salty aftertaste. This is a great delicacy delivered onto the palate with sophisticated intensity and stunning tension. The wine was fermented in stainless steel, malolactic included, and disgorged in 2006 (!) with a dosage of seven grams per liter. "With aging, the Chardonnay grand cru is always taking over the Pinot Noir," finds de Venoge's chairman Gilles de La Bassetière, whose 1995 was still made by Eric Lebel, the winemaker chez Krug since 1998. If you have opened the 1995, please share it, or at least, drink it the same day! The wine loses a bit of its charming creaminess the second and third day, whereas the acidity remains fresh and gives the wine a more austere character then._Champagne de Venoge's finest wines come along in carafe-shaped bottles that one might call kitsch, but I like them. They don't fit in my fridge door, but my fridge is big and the Champagne's good enough to deserve its own shelf and an upright position. The prestige cuvées Louis XV and Louis d'Or are remarkably elegant and vinous sparkling wines with structure, great complexity and also finesse. The 2006 Brut Rosé is one of the finest you can get, and the 1995 Louis XV is a greatly matured and generous Champagne that is still terribly fresh even though it was disgorged more than ten years ago in 2006. Cellar master Isabelle Tellier is doing a great job; there is not a single disappointing wine in the current portfolio that starts with the easy-drinking Cordon Bleu and offers some sophisticated cuvées in the Princes range. Champage de Venoge is—despite its glorious but volatile history (in terms of frequent changes of ownership)—still an underrated rising star in the Champagne region.

 

75cl.0 cl Champagne Louis d’Or – De Venoge 1996 CHF 140.00 (CHF 151.20 Vat Incl.)

36 bottles or more CHF 135.00 (CHF 145.80 Vat Incl.)

Robert Parker 96 Points: The 1996 Louis d'Or Brut Millésimé is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir from Verzenay, Ambonnay, Mailly and Bouzy and 50% Chardonnay from Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Chouilly. Fermented in stainless steel, with malolactic, and it was disgorged in March 2016 with a dosage of six grams per liter. This luxurious, golden colored vintage Champagne offers a beautifully complex, matured and vinous bouquet with lovely brioche, mushroom and yeasty flavors. The visual CO2 is gone quickly, but on the palate it gives this lean and steely yet enormously complex Millésime a tight structure and enormous length. It is tastes bone dry so that you can fully concentrate on the very complex and mineral character and the lovely austere finish. This is great a Champagne for purists, and the finish is enormous, reminding me of matured dry Rieslings from the good old Rheingau. Many of our readers may eventually ask for more roundness and charm here... But first: this is 1996. And second: this is Louis d'Or, and there is no Champagne like this.

 

75.0 cl Champagne Louis XV Rosé - De Venoge - 2006 CHF 130.00 (CHF 140.40 Vat Incl.)

36 bottles or more CHF 125.00 (CHF 135.00 Vat Incl.)

Robert Parker 97 Points: The 2006 Louis XV Brut Rosé Millésimé is almost the same assemblage as the white, with 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but it gets its marvelous color from the 6% of red Pinot Noir from 40-year-old vines cultivated in the single vineyard La Forêt in Les Riceys. The wine displays a beautifully intense and slightly cloudy/milky pink color. The pink Louis XV is intense yet pure and complex on the nose, with toasty mocha, nougat and concentrated yet chalky/mineral flavored red fruit and paté de fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a round, intense, almost smooth but elegantly pure, dry and fresh, perfectly balanced, structured and charmingly vinous Rosé Champagne with a dominant Pinot Noir character at the moment, although its freshness and tight mineral elegance is driven by the Chardonnay part. The finish is intense yet finessed, with vibrant red currant flavors, very fine tannins, good grip and impressive length. Wild strawberries, raspberries and cherries emerge in the aftertaste. This is a gorgeous food Champagne but you can also meditate with it. I guess I have rarely had better Rosé Champagnes. Tasted November 2017 from Lot LL150 6R5153BT, which was disgorged in February 2016 (dosage: six grams per liter)._Champagne de Venoge's finest wines come along in carafe-shaped bottles that one might call kitsch, but I like them. They don't fit in my fridge door, but my fridge is big and the Champagne's good enough to deserve its own shelf and an upright position. The prestige cuvées Louis XV and Louis d'Or are remarkably elegant and vinous sparkling wines with structure, great complexity and also finesse. The 2006 Brut Rosé is one of the finest you can get, and the 1995 Louis XV is a greatly matured and generous Champagne that is still terribly fresh even though it was disgorged more than ten years ago in 2006. Cellar master Isabelle Tellier is doing a great job; there is not a single disappointing wine in the current portfolio that starts with the easy-drinking Cordon Bleu and offers some sophisticated cuvées in the Princes range. Champage de Venoge is—despite its glorious but volatile history (in terms of frequent changes of ownership)—still an underrated rising star in the Champagne region. Champagne de Venoge is now owned by Lanson-BCC.



WineSizeVintageParkerWS
VAT Excl.
   
Values are for information. Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE. Terms and Conditions Apply
Champagne Louis D'Or
De Venoge
75 cl 1996 96   140.00     
Champagne Louis XV
De Venoge
75 cl 1995 97 88 120.00     
Champagne Louis XV
De Venoge
75 cl 2006 96   100.00     
Champagne Louis XV Rosé
De Venoge
75 cl 2006 97   130.00     

 

Wines will be released from the Château starting in spring of 2018.

 

Price per bottle are displayed in CHF - VAT EXCLUDED and VAT INCLUDED - Transport cost excluded. Offer subject to final confirmation and to be unsold E&OE.

 

The Arvi Team

 

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