CHAMPAGNE DE VENOGE LOUIS XV
CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 1995
Deemed the “Mozart of Bubbly,” renowned cellar master Eric Lebel has become synonymous with the iconic Champagne house Krug. His wines are legendary, epitomizing celebration and luxury; Lebel’s Champagnes are true works of art. Prior to joining Krug in 1999 (when he was handpicked by fifth-generation winemaker Henri Krug), Lebel had an extraordinary 10-year stint with Champagne de Venoge—helping jumpstart a renaissance at this house with a history going back to 1837. Yet examples from his revolutionary tour at de Venoge, especially his vintage classics, are rare and almost all have been lost to the ages. That’s why today’s offer is extra special, as we were able to secure some of the last allocations of the incredible 1995 Champagne de Venoge Louis XV—the crème de la crème of the partnership between Lebel and de Venoge.
The de Venoge family emigrated to France from Switzerland in the early 1800s and established their Champagne house in Épernay. From the beginning, de Venoge has had a marketing prowess and global perspective but, especially with Lebel’s help, has maintained the highest standards for quality during the entire winemaking process. Grapes are sourced from the best crus, only free-run and first-press juice is used, long aging periods far surpass legal requirements, and low dosage allows plot and vineyard individuality to shine through. Named in honor of the French king, the premiere Louis XV bottling represents the very best from Champagne de Venoge: sourced from all Grand Cru vineyards, de Venoge Louis XV is only produced in the best vintages. This prized, rare expression is a perfect showcase for any cellar.
An equal blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from several Grand Crus, including Verzenay, Ambonnay, Avize, and Mesnil-sur-Oger, the wine was not disgorged until 2006. “This is a fantastic bottle…with a superb core of ripe fruit and praline and dried apricot…wonderful example of mature Champagne with unique energy.” (James Suckling). This is a standout Champagne from Champagne maestro Lebel that’s not to be missed. Given the limited quantities available and pricing up to 30% off, we encourage you to secure your order today!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2020. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in IL, LA, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, February 6, 2020.