de Venoge Brut Louis XV Champagne 1995

$139

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... 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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Jocelyn Yard

280

280

9.6

Ron Siegel

Slight oxidative note that blew off. Not sure if it was past its prime as it had very little mousse and not enough acid on the finish.

Slight oxidative note that blew off. Not sure if it was past its prime as it had very little mousse and not enough acid on the finish.

8.9

Javier Gómez-Lavin

Hay gold with ample microscopic bubbles for its age. The effervescence is refreshing and far from piquant or harsh. On the nose almonds and brioche dominate. Starts with stewed quince, apple blossom, and pleasant acidity that crescendos through mid palate. Waves of toast and fresh baked croissant enter by mid and are joined by chocolate for the long finish. The only negative is the overly assertive acidity throughout, might be an indication that this vintage is almost past prime. Still an amazing champagne.

Hay gold with ample microscopic bubbles for its age. The effervescence is refreshing and far from piquant or harsh. On the nose almonds and brioche dominate. Starts with stewed quince, apple blossom, and pleasant acidity that crescendos through mid palate. Waves of toast and fresh baked croissant enter by mid and are joined by chocolate for the long finish. The only negative is the overly assertive acidity throughout, might be an indication that this vintage is almost past prime. Still an amazing champagne.

9.6

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.