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Duval Leroy

Duval Leroy Femme de Champagne Grand Cru NV

R1,795

The prestige Cuvée of Duval-Leroy, a delicious, intense and powerful display of finesse and subtlety

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Summer Wines, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Champagne Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Producer

Duval Leroy

Product Type

Champagne

Vintage

Non Vintage (NV)

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Champagne

Critics Top Rating

95 points

Story

Story

Since 1859, the Duval-Leroy family has been cultivating exceptional vineyards in Vertus, on the edge of the Cotes des Blancs where the finest Chardonnay are grown.

Family run, it is the only Major House run by a Female CEO and winemaker team. Under their leadership, it has pursued quality and innovation being the first house to pursue Vegan compliance in 2015, while producing organically with a terroir driven. The House was ranked #20 most admired brand by Drinks Business Magazine in 2019.

Specifications

Specifications

The elegance of the Grands Crus Champagnes
With a delicate and fine structure, the cuvée Femme de Champagne Brut Grand Cru is a wine with great finesse and exceptional aromatic complexity Femme de Champagne Brut Grand Cru reflects the elegance and refinements of the best crus, sought out by Maison Duval Leroy for an unforgettable tasting experience

Blend – of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, Femme de Champagne Brut Grand Cru is the result of a delicate marriage of the best vineyards in the Champagne terroir Avize Chouilly Le Mesnil sur Oger Ambonnay.

Femme de Champagne Brut Grand Cru will have spent a minimum of 8 years maturing in our cellars.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

The colour of Femme de Champagne is bright yellow At first the nose revels notes of citrus and fresh bread, this biscuit character then gives way to aromas of flowers and yellow fruits (hints of apricot, peach and quince)
On the palate a bewitching flavour of ripe hazelnuts envelopes honeysuckle, this is quickly followed by the delicate notes of crystallized mandarin and orange peel

Food pairing – Gastronomy wine, to be served with Homard Prince Vladimir or Pata Negra ham

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

James Suckling – 95 points

13 Jul, 2019 – A powerful prestige cuvée with a dense palate, formed by fine bubbles. It’s very dry and phenolic with some tannin that makes it crunchy and intense. Dried apple, peach and pear. Needs a few years to soften but already delicious.


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 93 points

The NV Brut Grand Cru Femme de Champagne (L6305NM, disgorged in October 2016, tasted in November 2017) is a blend of four grand cru villages: Avize, Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (Chardonnay: 80%) and Ambonnay (Pinot Noir: 20%). Fermented at 14% in oak, the wine opens with a clear, fresh and subtle bouquet of white fruits with citrus flavors that indicate the freshness and finesse of Chardonnay. It is a lean and very elegant, juicy but also creamy and well-structured blend with a long and aromatic finish that reveals the junior Pinot Noir part. There is nice salinity and green tea flavors (mint) in the aftertaste. This is still a very fresh and youthful example. Dosage: five grams per liter.

The newest disgorgements from Duval-Leroy include several truly wonderful Champagnes. The non-vintaged Femme de Champagne, for example, is only topped by the 2006 Millésime Prestige, an extraordinary Vintage Champagne that was disgorged after 9.5 years in the bottle. Tasted for the first time: the remarkable and concentrated Extra-Brut Prestige. This 150+-year-old, still family-owned house in Vertus is becoming a dramatically good producer with highly delicate and finessed cuvées in a lovely stimulatingly dry and perfectly round style. The prices are still moderate, so there is no reason not to check out the new Duval-Leroy.

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