Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne Brut Grand Cru NV ~ Champagne, France
93/100 - Luca Gardini
93/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92/100 - CellarTracker
91/100 - Decanter
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold - International Wine Challenge
Classic Blend Non-Vintage Champagne Trophy, Non-Vintage Champagne Trophy - International Wine Challenge Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 (2006 Vintage)
Only Champagne producer to be ranked by Wine Spectator in its top 100 wines ~ 2008
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "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."
International Wine Challenge "Alluring, complex, golden with light toasty and brioche notes. Rounded and charming with good depth and a long, harmonized, and persistent finish."
The world’s leading authority on Champagne, Tom Stevenson in Decanter Magazine ~ "Over the last 10 years, the quality of Duval-Leroy has soared and for a few years now it has been possible to claim that no other house can beat it for consistency of style - not even the greatest of the great."
Dame Wine "The champagne is made from grapes exclusively grown in Grand Cru areas, yet Carol Duval decided to name it “Femme de Champagne” (Woman of Champagne) since it was up to her to keep the family business running [her husband had died suddenly at 36 leaving her to run the business whilst looking after her three young sons]. The Femme de Champagne project was a great way for Carol to get past one of the most difficult times in her life; it was also the time she decided to hire 23-year-old Sandrine Logette-Jardin as her Quality Manager. Hiring Sandrine paid off as Duval-Leroy became the first Champagne house to be granted ISO 9000s certification – an inventory procedure that helps to ensure high standards. In 2005, Sandrine became Chef de Caves of Champagne Duval-Leroy – the first female head winemaker of a Champagne house."
Established in 1859, the House of Duval-Leroy is a six-generation family-owned champagne-maker. It is one of the biggest vineyard estates held by a single house. Vineyards owned in all of the villages classified Grand Cru of the “Côte des Blancs” and over 40% of total hectarage situated in Premier and Grand Cru villages.
CEO, Carol Duval-Leroy is the first woman to be nominated for the Presidency of the Association of Champagne Wine Producers Association. She was voted 'Most Influential Woman in Champagne' (Revue du Vin de France), 'Belgium Wine Personality in 2012' (VinoMagazine), and 'Top 50 of the Most Powerful Women in Wine.' (The Drink Business)
Champagne is the most iconic sparkling wine in the world, produced in the region of Champagne in France. Synonymous with celebration, champagne is typically produced from a few specific varieties of grapes: pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot Meunier. With effervescent flavors of citrus, almond, and apple, champagne comes in varying levels of sweetness and has a moderate amount of alcohol. The most treasured Champagnes age for a minimum of 3 years.
The Champagne region is located 140 kilometres from Paris, France. While the vines in this region have been producing wine since the Roman era, it is only in the past couple of hundred years that winemakers began producing Champagne using méthode champenoise - the complex method that produces the style of Champagne the world knows and loves today. Another important component of the production of champagne is the chalk and limestone soils that dominate the Champagne region. Vines grown in these conditions result in wines that are high in acidity - a key component to making good sparkling wine. Champagne's northerly location - about as north as grapes can ripen - also allow for the higher acidity and lower alcohol levels which are also very important for producing quality sparkling wine.