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Champagne de Venoge
www.champagnedevenoge.com

Founded in 1837, the House of de Venoge is situated on the prestigious Avenue de Champagne in Épernay, France. Known as a medium-sized consistent producer of excellent champagne, it is one of the only (if not the only) Houses to still produce all nine styles of champagne: Brut, Brut Millésime, Extra Brut Millésime, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs Millésime, Blanc de Noirs, Cuvée Dry, Demi-Sec, Tête de Cuvée Blanc de Blancs Millésime and Tête de Cuvée Rosé Millésime.

Champagnes de Venoge are produced with Premier and/or Grand Cru Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and the finest Pinot Meunier grapes, of which only the cuvée (the first soft pressing) is used. Also unique is that De Venoge allows the champagne to rest sur-lies a minimum of three to four years for non-vintage and five years or more for vintaged wines and 8 or more years for the Têtes de Cuvée to permit them the maximum time in the cellars to develop structure and elegance. The appellation laws demand 15 months and three years respectively. The Brut wines have an eight to nine gram/L dosage. Bottles from .375L to 9L in size are produced in this manner; only the .200L and the 12L bottles are made by pouring off from other sized bottles.

1993 Grand Vin des Princes Brut

Chardonnay

A stunning Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs aged 14+ years prior to disgorgement and release.

"Made from 100% chardonnay, all grand cru vineyards. Almost 15 years en tirage, this new edition has very fine, continuous mousse. Big toasty, nutty, brioche, baked pear, orange peel, floral, spicy, waxy, apple dumpling aromas. Dry, tight, elegant and crisp palate with creamy mousse. Very nutty, hazelnut, creamy, baked pear, baked apple, quince, honey, citrus and honey flavours. Very crisp, dryer, austere style but big with lots of finesse. Drink with food as this is almost like drinking white Burgundy. Try with halibut or prawns. Mature now but will age further."

94 Points - Anthony Gismondi

SKU: 304576

1995 Louis XV

Pinot Noir

The name celebrates Louis XV because he issued a decree that allowed the wines of Champagne to be both shipped and marketed in bottle, rather than by barrel thereby trapping the sparkle of fermentation. After all, he had to be able to ship the Champagne to his mistresses. The cork’s cap is a replica of the 1728 “Louis d’Or” gold coin. The champagne, which is aged ten years, comes in a distinctive bottle that comes with a cut glass stopper so you can use it as a decanter when the Champagne is gone.

Made from 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir grapes and aged for 10 years in De Venoge’s underground cellars, this 1995 is royal, elegant and sophisticated. The finesse of the bubbles enhances the color of the wine with flashes of incandescent yellow gold. The nose is subtle and voluptuous. The palate overflows with lemons, honey and hazelnuts, offering intensity and refinement. This Champagne happens to be as divine on the palate as it is on the eyes.

94 Points - Anthony Gismondi

SKU: 85464

2000 Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay

Pure delight and elegance, this exceptional champagne is made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes (only 100% Growth Grand Cru) of the 2000 vintage and aged over seven years sur lies in the house's cellars in Épernay. In the glass it has a pretty pale gold colour and an abundant stream of fine bubbles. On the nose there are delicate aromas of citrus and fresh fruits. In the mouth there is a wonderful balance of elegance and structure with a soft finish of ripe fruits; a perfect pairing with fish or meat. Only 5000 cases made.

"Since the middle of the 19th century, the De Venoge Vintage Blanc de Blancs has been made with a blend of 80 per cent grapes from the Côte des Blancs and 20 per cent grapes from the area around Sézanne. Look for toasty, baked apple, lemon citrus, buttered toast and cashew aromas. On the palate it is super fresh and elegant but quite dry with lots of nutty, toasty, biscuit, baked apple, strong citrus flavours. Very creamy, fine mousse and great length. Good acidity but the nose and flavours are nearly mature."

95 Points - Anthony Gismondi

SKU: 496687

2000 Cordon Bleu Millésime Brut

65% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay & 10% Pinot Meunier

“Fine, continuous mousse. Toasty, brioche, creamy, strawberry, citrus, biscuit, honey, pear aromas. Round, full, elegant, fresh, crisp palate with fine mousse. Nutty, biscuit, citrus, honey, strawberry, tobacco, baked green apple flavours. A slightly more austere style but with a long finish and plenty more baked green apple and biscuit flavours. Nice finesse.”

92 Points - Anthony Gismondi

SKU: 529958

2000 Magnum des Princes Blanc de Blancs 175ème Anniversaire

Chardonnay

For its 175th anniversary, the House de Venoge created a “cuvée spéciale” Magnum des Princes 2000 in limited edition. This exceptional cuvée exclusively composed of 100% of Chardonnay Grand Cru, reveals the style of the House: finesse and elegance. Only 2500 magnums were produced with a special label and capsule dedicated to the 175th anniversary.  Available in a wooden box.

Powerful, fine and elegant offering complex aromas of fruits and brioches. This magnum is perfect as an aperitif or to match a refined meal.  Think truffle soup or perhaps Bluefin Tuna with a savoury ratatouille.

SKU: 32839

2002 Louis XV Rosé Extra Brut

70% Pinot Noir & 30% Chardonnay

Just released, this maginicent homage to the "founder" of champagne is a rosé lover's nirvana!

SKU: 144246

Blanc de Noirs Brut NV

80% Pinot Noir & 20% Pinot Meunier

Made exclusively from the red grapes of Champagne, this magnificent blend of 80% Pinot Noir (Grand Cru) and 20% Pinot Meunier achieves a perfect fragrant balance and robust winey flavour. Aged sur-lies for more than four years (virtually unheard of for non-vintage champagnes) before being disgorged on order, this full-bodied robust champagne should be consumed with a meal and is best suited for those difficult dishes to match such as foie gras or game.

This wine is produced in very limited quantities (1,200 cases) and is reserved for leading restaurants, connoisseurs and a few chosen wine enthusiasts.

89 Points - Wine Spectator

SKU: 531129

Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect NV

50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay & 25% Pinot Meunier

The result of a blend of three quarters of the best growths of Pinot Noir and finest Pinot Meunier from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne, and one quarter of Grand Cru white Chardonnay grapes, the Cordon Bleu Brut, created in 1864, is a champagne reputed for the regularity of its well-balanced, light and fragrant character. Its mouth-watering acidity is dominated by grapefruit. In order to guarantee a constant quality and the typical De Venoge taste year after year, a significant proportion of its composition is that of reserve wines. Brut champagne is required by law to be at least one year old before being shipped; the House of de Venoge lets this wine age at least three years sur lies to reach its qualities.

"Lots of persistent mousse. Nutty, leesy, citrus, baked apple skin, mineral, anise, buttery aromas. Dry, crisp, slightly austere palate with some creamy mousse and persistence. Toasty, nutty, citrus, granny smith, honey, earthy flavours. Good finesse in a slightly more mature but austere style."

91 Points - Anthony Gismondi

91 Points - Wine Spectator

SKU: 207134

Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect NV .200L Mini

please see notes Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect .750L SKU 207134

SKU: 566794

Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect NV .375L Half

50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay & 25% Pinot Meunier

please see notes Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect .750L SKU 207134

This champagne was made and produced in this format.

SKU: 207142

Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect NV 1.5L Magnum

please see notes for Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect NV SKU 207134

This champagne was made and produced in this format.

SKU: 367144

Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect NV 3.0L Jéroboam

please see notes Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect .750L SKU 207134

This champagne was made and produced in this format.

SKU: 269910

Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect NV 6.0L Mathusalem

please see notes Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect .750L SKU 207134

This champagne was made and produced in this format.

SKU: 269928

Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect NV 9.0L Salmanazar

please see notes Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect .750L  SKU 207134

This champagne was made and produced in this format.

SKU: 269936

Cordon Bleu Demi-Sec NV

50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay & 25% Pinot Meunier

The result of a blend of Pinot Noir (Grand & Premier Cru) and Chardonnay and of the best growths of Pinot Meunier, the Cordon Bleu Demi-Sec is a very special Champagne reputed for the regularity of its well-balanced and fragrant character. A dosage of 39 g/L distinguishes this champagne from the standard Cordon Bleu Brut Sélect that has only 9 g/L - otherwise it is the same cuvée. In order to guarantee a constant quality and the typical de Venoge taste year after year, a significant proportion of its composition is that of reserve wines. Aged at least three years sur lies to reach its qualities.

"Very toasty, nutty brioche, cream, green apple, pear aromas with a floral note. Rich, round, sweet and elegant with medium mousse. Baked apple, mineral, citrus, honey, peach skin flavours with some toasty, nutty cream flavours on the finish. A sweeter style but quite elegant with good acidity. Will be good after dinner with fruit or light cream desserts."

88 Points - Anthony Gismondi

SKU: 539635

Rosé Brut NV

50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay & 25% Pinot Meunier

This delicate blend is made from Grand and Premier growths of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to which a little red wine is added that results in the lovely colour. It has a wonderful lightness in its sparkle (three atmospheres pressure compared to the standard five-to-six normally found in traditional champagne).The transparent glass bottle, through which the delicate and elegant dove-coloured pink colour of the champagne appears, is adorned by a replica of the original label created in 1864. Wonderfully refreshing anytime.

"Look for a fresh attractive cherry, mineral, red cassis, toasted, anise aromas with some baked apple. Quite crisp, round and elegant with lots of mineral, cherry, red currant, toasty brioche, baked pear and anise flavours. Firm, fruity, fresh, dry finish with good finesse. An excellent rosé for sipping or with food. "

92 Points - Anthony Gismondi

SKU: 294413

Rosé Brut NV .375L Half

50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay & 25% Pinot Meunier

please see notes for Rosé Brut NV .750L SKU 294413

This champagne was made and produced in this format.

SKU: 246413

Vin du Paradis Cuvée Dry NV

60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay & 20% Pinot Meunier

De Venoge has just revived a cuvée of champagne that dates back to the origins of the House. In effect, before champagne was only considered a wine of celebration, it was a table wine. Principally made of Pinot Noir grapes to give it body, it had a dosage sufficiently high to give it the roundness needed at mealtime.

With the reproduction of the original label dating back to 1864 (the first colour label in champagne and probably in all of France), this tradition has been rejuvenated with a blend of the top crus of Pinot Noir, balanced by a touch of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier to which a 20 gram of sugar dosage is added (about double of the Brut). Serve chilled but not too cold (8°C.)

"There is plenty of fine continuous mousse and a bright pear, honey, citrus, leesy, green apple nose. The entry is fresh and lively with some sweetness but nice acidity. Ripe apple, honey, citrus, toasty flavours. Elegant, balanced, sweeter style that will appeal to many new to champagne."

90 Points - Anthony Gismondi

SKU: 057273