de Venoge Brut Louis XV Champagne 1996

$165

...This luxurious, golden colored vintage Champagne offers a beautifully complex, matured and vinous bouquet with lovely brioche, mushroom and yeasty flavors... on the palate it gives this lean and steely yet enormously complex Millesime 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... there is no Champagne like this. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Steven Foster Delectable Pro

Wine buyer Belmont Wine Exchange

Definitely my other favorite of the night. Made in a decanter resembling what the king would use for champagne is this amazing little find. Super rich and golden with a nice pear and citrus profile. Hard to explain but always worth it.

Definitely my other favorite of the night. Made in a decanter resembling what the king would use for champagne is this amazing little find. Super rich and golden with a nice pear and citrus profile. Hard to explain but always worth it.

10

Gary Westby Delectable Pro

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

The best of the bunch. Half each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from a house that owns no vineyards. Nutty, doughy, but with plenty of drive from the vintage. Current release at 18!

The best of the bunch. Half each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from a house that owns no vineyards. Nutty, doughy, but with plenty of drive from the vintage. Current release at 18!

9.6

Jonathan Reimer Delectable Pro

Thick. Dense fruit. Soft effervescence.

Thick. Dense fruit. Soft effervescence.

9.5

Greg Koslosky Delectable Pro

Showed really well!

Showed really well!

9.5

Matt Trader Delectable Pro

Had this beauty when I proposed to my fiancé! 1996 vintage brut by De Venoge out of Epernay! Age has done this champagne well. Nice creamy mouth feel, delicate, very fine bubbles, lemon zest, mousse, golden apples, toasted nuts.. arguably one of the best 1996 champagnes out there. A prime example of how a great growing year and proper aging after digorgement, like a 15+ year old vintage Cristal or Bolinger. Can't wait to try their vintage Rosé extra brut 2002, and their 2006 Rosé Brut that are also 93 rated! They both probably need several more years to mature so that the citrus acidity has lessened a bit and all the complexities emurge. Back from my tangent, try this champagne before there aren't anymore left! $199 at total wine for the gift set!

Had this beauty when I proposed to my fiancé! 1996 vintage brut by De Venoge out of Epernay! Age has done this champagne well. Nice creamy mouth feel, delicate, very fine bubbles, lemon zest, mousse, golden apples, toasted nuts.. arguably one of the best 1996 champagnes out there. A prime example of how a great growing year and proper aging after digorgement, like a 15+ year old vintage Cristal or Bolinger. Can't wait to try their vintage Rosé extra brut 2002, and their 2006 Rosé Brut that are also 93 rated! They both probably need several more years to mature so that the citrus acidity has lessened a bit and all the complexities emurge. Back from my tangent, try this champagne before there aren't anymore left! $199 at total wine for the gift set!

9.7

Max Coane Delectable Pro

Raveneau with bubbles. So dope

Raveneau with bubbles. So dope

9.5

Tim O'Rourke Delectable Pro

Just fine, but not particularly interesting. Tropical fruits and medium length. But the bottle shape was weird at least...

Just fine, but not particularly interesting. Tropical fruits and medium length. But the bottle shape was weird at least...

8.4

David Schoonover

For an ‘96 Vintage still impressive. Past its prime for sure, but fun to try. If I had this about 5- 10 years ago, I bet phenom.

For an ‘96 Vintage still impressive. Past its prime for sure, but fun to try. If I had this about 5- 10 years ago, I bet phenom.

9.2

JJ Lumia

Blind Bubbly Night with @Andrew Neyer and @Steve Haro. Wine 2. Had to look this one up. Aroma indicated something was off, and that was confirmed by tasting. Way too much butterscotch, and there was some funk going on. Couldn’t quite place the flaw - poor storage? Past prime? Drinkable but not memorable.

Blind Bubbly Night with @Andrew Neyer and @Steve Haro. Wine 2. Had to look this one up. Aroma indicated something was off, and that was confirmed by tasting. Way too much butterscotch, and there was some funk going on. Couldn’t quite place the flaw - poor storage? Past prime? Drinkable but not memorable.

8.2

R J Grogan

Past prime.

Past prime.

8.0

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