🌐 Region: Epernay, Champagne
🇫🇷 Country: France
🍾 Variety: Champagne
🍇 Grape varieties: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 1995
📅 Disgorgement date: 2006
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: 7 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 120,00 € (2016)
🏆 Rating: POP
🥂 Getränk des Tages: 08 April 2020
Henri-Marc de Venoge and his son Joseph left Switzerland 1937 to found “de Venoge & Cie” in the Champagne region. The vineyards for the Pinot are in Verzenay, Ambonnay, Mailly and Bouzy. The grapes for the Chardonnay are coming from Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Chouilly.
Cuvée Louis XV is the premium cuvée of De Venoge. It is dry, fruity and made of the best grand cru vintages. Grand Cru means litarelly “great growth”. That doesn’t mean it is indeed the best sparkling wine. At this time you can buy Louis XV vintages from 1995, 1996, 2006 and 2008.
Joseph De Venoge created the unusual bottle form. It looks like a carafe. By the time nobility had the habit to serve champagne in crystal carafes. They didn’t want their drink out of a bottle. That was obviously not adequate.
Nice story but how to I get the pear shaped formed bottle into the fridge. It doesn’t fit and can stand upright. In any case Louis XV deserves that I rearrange my fridge. It’s royal after all.
The bottles are single packed in a decorative box. The aluminum foils around the bottle neck is thicker compared to other bottles. The cap is with stamping.
There is furthermore a glass cork in the box. It’s a nice Marketing gadget. The champagne bottle can’t be closed with the cork. It is not tight enough. Store spirits in the bottle. It looks specifically fancy.
The De Venoge Louis XV 1995 calls premium-quality. Let’s see if it lives up to its promise.
Dark yellow with a touch of gold. Mini mousseux, smallest bubbles, that you can hardly see.
The champagne smells of dried fruit and fresh toast. All things considered it could be zwieback too.
The first sip is fresh, strong and fruity. Citrus, orange, peach, zwieback and raisins.
The mousseux sparkles discreetly and is in addition extremely fine. The bubbles makes the Champagne very creamy. The aftertaste is long and full of happiness. I have warm and fuzzy feelings.
POP or Flop
POP. After 10 years on the lees and another 14 years in the bottle De Venoge Louis VX, 1995, brut sounds like an old flat drink. But no. It is a wonderful example for matured champagne.