Champagne Vieille France Brut by Charles de Cazanove
Champagne Vieille France Brut by Charles de Cazanove
Champagne Vielle France Brut by Charles de Cazanove is unique in style and design, reminiscent of centuries-old-tradition with the original Champagne bell-shaped bottle. It has a golden color and a balance of citrus fruit and minerality give this wine a fresh, elegant nose. Powerful and fruity on the palate with delicate pear and chalk aromas leading to an elegant finish. This Family Reserve Brut Champagne leaves a wonderful feeling of volume, fullness and freshness on the palate. The wine makes the perfect Apéritif and pairs well with white meats.
For five generations, the Rapeneau family has crafted distinctive champagnes that are sold around the world. This is one of the last family run estates in a region that has seen intense consolidation by cooperatives and multi-nationals in the last two decades. This wine is charming, affordable, and crushes the ubiquitous, but sweet, bright-orange labels.
“Elegant, showing fine integration of the airy mousse, delicate acidity and flavors of dried apricot, black currant, biscuit, ground ginger, and a hint of dried guava. Features a lasting, minerally finish." – 92 Points, Wine Spectator
The original shape of our champagne bottle adds an original touch: let’s take a look at how it came about… The bottle was originally used only for serving at the table; it replaced the jug for holding the wine drawn from the barrel in the larder or cellar. Its name and shape changed over time. With regard to shape, in the 18th Century, the most widespread model was a round bottle with a very broad, thick base: our “Vieille France” bottle. It was known as the “apple-bottle”. As time went by, the famous “Champenoise” bottle, or “pear-bottle” became well-known. It was easier to work with for stacking and shipping.
In 1715, before it took on the name of “champagne bottle”, it was known as the “sparkling wine bottle”. This change of name came about through the simple observation that the bottle was closed by a screw-thread, while ordinary bottles were sealed with a cork. Bottles also varied in capacity. In 1735, a declaration by the king stated that all bottles should have the capacity of a Paris pint, i.e. 0.93L, with the sole aim of eliminating foreign competition… We now sell this famous “Cuvée Vieille France” out of respect for the value and history of champagne and the Champagne region.
In 1811, the young Charles Gabriel De Cazanove, an ambitious 24-year-old from a long line of master glassmakers, founded his own Champagne House in Avize, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs. Over 2 centuries later, Champagne Charles de Cazanove is synonymous with family, dedication and a unique expertise carefully handed down through generations.
Champagne Vieille France is a special line from Champagne Charles de Cazanove. The pioneer of the Champagne Vieille France house was Leon Lebrun who started it in 1860 in the Village of Avize, which was classified as a Grand Cru Village (Côte des Blancs). The Rapeneau Family took over the House in 2003 and decided to offer the Vieille France Cuvée in the Origin Champagne Shape bottle from the 18th Century. The idea is to combine elegance and exception. Elegance of the Bottle, unique and historical, exceptional due to the selection of the best vineyards (Family Reserve).
Today, Champagne Charles de Cazanove enjoys the use of efficient oenological and technological facilities and produces over 3 million bottles a year. Vinification mostly takes place in stainless steel vats, but where necessary, some wines spend time in oak to acquire that wonderful fullness that oak barrels provide. The wines take time to age in the traditional Champagne chalk cellar.
Authentic wines from a noble terroir, made in line with an ancestral tradition and open to the best that progress can offer the champagne lover, Charles De Cazanove wines are enjoyed throughout the world.
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
So wait a sec… It’s a family estate but it was bought by a larger house 15 years ago? 3 million bottles is hardly a boutique bubbly house in Champagne.
Of course none of that has anything to do with the wine. We like our bubbles here!
What’s the dosage? How long was this on the lees? What is the blend of vintages in the base wine? What’s the disgorging date? What are the sources of the grapes?
Also, fwiw, some of this was at Costco the last few years for $24/bottle, which is also the average value on CT.
@KNmeh7 To be fair, I’ve never seen it in Costco on the west coast. It’s not uncommon to see a particular locality have a better deal than WD can muster, especially since you have to factor in shipping costs. FWIW the people on cellartracker who mention Costco are in Houston.
It also looks like @foobarski has a note from a few years ago.
But at the end of the day, $40 for a proper Champagne is reasonable. There are cheaper cuvées out there, but they tend to not have SRP of $65.
@chipgreen@klezman Mostly tongue in cheek since it’s a Champagne, so of course it’s from Champagne, and many more seem to be without vintage than those with, so it’s the sort of statement that’d come from a person saying, “Wow, Champagne from Champagne!”