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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Duval-Leroy Brut
Duval-Leroy Brut
(search item no. 85844)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $28.99

Winemaker's Notes:

To bring out the best in this wine, try a saddle of young rabbit with new vegetables, a double veal chop or, more unexpectedly, soft cheeses such as Brie or Camembert or perhaps Comté or Reblochon.

75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay

Color: Gold, straw gold, light bubbles

Aroma: Dried biscuits, chocolate aromas

Taste: Soft in the mouth, rich, well-structured

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About Duval-Leroy:

This independent supply, on a scale rarely found in Champagne, provides one quarter of the company¹s annual grape requirement. A major asset, it guarantees the quality and consistency of Duval-Leroy champagne. The delicate balance of three grape varieties give the wine all of its characteristics, but because we are in the Côte de Blancs, Chardonnay predominates. The vines, the sun and the rain decide each year on the quality of the grapes. Man humbly takes part in this symbiosis, but his involvement is essential to ensure that the harvest reveals all of its potential.... At Duval-Leroy, more than 35 people manage the vineyard all year round, giving each vine the attention and loving care that it needs. For the harvest, 350 grape pickers join the permanent staff for the major event in the wine grower¹s calendar. The in-house presses receive the grapes as they are picked along with those purchased from other growers.