De Venoge Princes Blanc de Blancs, NV
Wine of Princes! Elegant, complex with a rounded expression
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Champagne Blend, Chardonnay
Non Vintage (NV)
Formal Entertainment, Indulgence
The history of the Maison De Venoge begins in 1837 when Henri-Marc De Venoge founded the Maison De Champagne De Venoge in the French municipality of Mareuil-sur-Ay. A man of innate entrepreneurial skills, De Venoge is the creator of the first ever illustrated label in the history of Champagne, in 1838. And again: when the maison chooses the blue ribbon of the Knights of the Order of the Holy Spirit as its emblem one of the most iconic labels of all time, the Cordon Bleu. La Maison de Venoge has been a worldwide ambassador for Champagne for over 180 years with refined products of absolute excellence.
Alongside the Champagne, the symbol of the Maison, the Princes cuvées designed in 1858 in honor of the Dutch royal house stand out for the elegant bottle that recalls the decanters used by the European aristocracy to serve Champagne in the early 20th century century. At the top of the range, the Louis XV cuvée is produced exclusively from grapes from the best Grand Cru villages and only in the best vintages.
The House is located on prestigious Avenue de Champagne, at number 33, facing the magnificent wrought iron gate of the former Hôtel Gallice, restored in 2015 by Maison de Venoge.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 4 years
Dosage: 6g RS/l
Its elegant and famous carafe recalls the crystal flasks which European Aristocracy used to Decant their Champagne in the 1800s.
This Champagne shows wonderful mineral notes & great ageing ability. Its freshness and elegance are underlined
by subtle aromas of white flowers and citrus. It will enchant your Aperitif or pair nicely with a light starter.
James Suckling – 92 points
Dense and layered blanc de blancs with dried lime and lemon curd. Full-bodied with lots of pie crust and cooked
apple. Creamy bubbles.
Wine Advocate – 91 points
The NV Princes Brut Blanc de Blancs is a 100% Chardonnay that is sourced in Mesnil-sur-Oger (80%) and Trépail (20%). The wine has a discreet but elegant and complex bouquet of ripe white fruits intermingled with brioche, white caramel and honey aromas. Medium-bodied and delicate on the palate, this is a pretty rich and round yet fresh and elegant Champagne with a stimulatingly pure, mineral finish and persistent lemon flavors. This has good intensity, length and tension but without the finesse and lightness of the Blanc de Noir. This bottling (LPRBB7137BT) is based on 2012 (80%) and 2010/2011 (20%). This was disgorged in July 2017 with a dosage of 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.
Decanter – 93 points
The grapes come from Mesnil-sur-Oger and Trépail, two villages of the Côtes de Blancs sector ranked respectively as grand cru and premier cru. The bouquet is elegant and toasty, with aromas of pear, dried flowers and white fruits. On the palate, it is pure and clean with a certain delicacy and florality. This cuvée becomes even more elegant with a little air, which brings out a fleshy texture. 100% Chardonnay with a dosage of 6g/L.
Wine Enthusiast – 91 points
This is a beautiful, pure Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, crisp and tight with a strongly mineral character. On the dry side of brut it brings out perfumed apple and lime fruits along with an orange-zest tang. The wine is ready to drink.