Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne 2000
Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Duval-Leroy's signature Femme de Champagne is made from 95% Chardonnay blended with 5% Pinot Noir, which creates an elegant Champagne with roundness and depth. This Champagne is only made in exceptional vintages, and ages for a minimum of 12 years in the cellar. Fresh and floral, Femme de Champagne has complex flavors of marzipan, white peach, patisserie pear, fennel seed, brioche and mandarin orange.
Wine Spectator - "A rich version, with beautiful integration and mouthwatering acidity that seems to amplify the flavors of toasted raisin bread, black currant, candied orange zest and salted almond. Fresh and focused, showing hints of oyster shell and spice on the lasting finish. Disgorged September 2014. Drink now through 2030."
Wine Enthusiast - "A mature Champagne, this shows as much toast and cookie character as fruit, making it soft, ripe and delicious. The fruit moves toward tropical, with pineapple and peach flavors. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Deep, powerful and authoritative, the 2000 Femme de Champagne offers striking nuance to match its ample personality. Hints of pastry, candied lemon, white orchard fruit, smoke and dried pear flesh out as the 2000 shows off its class. There is a lot to like here, especially the wine's engaging, spherical feel. This is the best showing yet from the 2000 yet. The Femme de Champagne is 95% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir from Mont-Aigu (Chouilly), Chapelle (Avize), Terre de Noel (Oger) and Chetillons and Aillerand (Mesnil sur Oger)."
The Wine Advocate - "Lemon, green pears, pastry and spices are some of the many notes that take shape in Duval-Leroy’s 2000 Brut Femme de Champagne. There is a soft, open quality to the 2000 that is highly appealing. Hints of honey, flowers and Chamomile add complexity to a creamy finish nicely supported by lively, buffering minerality. This is a lovely effort from Duval-Leroy. Disgorgement date: Marc 27, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020."
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Champagne DUVAL-LEROY was founded in 1859 when two Champagne families came together to share their interests. Since its creation, Champagne DUVAL-LEROY has been located in Vertus, in the heart of "La Cote des Blancs". Currently the House cultivates about 200 hectares, much of which is devoted to production of high quality Chardonnay grapes. The predominance of Chardonnay in the elaboration of the cuvees gives a finesse, lightness and elegance to DUVAL-LEROY champagnes. Headed by Carol DUVAL-LEROY since 1991, the company is one of the few remaining 100% family-owned Champagne firms and is ranked in the 15 top Champagne houses. View all Duval-Leroy Wines
About ChampagneView a map of Champagne wineries Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne produced is non-vintage and made up by a blend of several years' harvests.
All Champagnes must be made by a strictly controlled process called "Méthode Champenoise." The grapes are pressed and fermented for the first time. The blending phase follows and the wine is bottled and temporarily capped. Then comes the second fermentation, a blend of sugar and yeast is added and, this time, the carbon dioxide is kept inside the bottle. This process leaves a great deal of sediment that is extracted through a process of "racking" or "riddling." The bottles are progressively turned upside down until all the sediment is collected in the neck. The necks are then frozen and the sediment is "disgorged." After this phase, the winemaker may decide to add sugar to sweeten the wine. Finally the wine is corked. Some wines move through this process in a couple of months, while others are aged after the riddling phase to build greater complexity and depth.
Champagnes range from dry, "Brut," to slightly sweet, "Demi-Sec." Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are used in Champagne blends, but "Blancs de Noirs" is made entirely of Pinot Noir and "Blancs de Blanc" is made from only Chardonnay grapes. The high acidity achieved by the northern location is crucial to the balance and structure of these wines.
Not every year is a "vintage" declared. In years when it is not, the wines are blended with the produce from other years to create the non-vintage blend, the house style that remains constant from year to year. But in a great vintage year, champagne houses will bottle by itself the unblended year's produce, and use other portions as "reserve" wines to supplement and enrich the non-vintage blend. A vintage champagne can age quite gracefully, and gain complexity just like any other great still wine.
Mild cheeses like gruyere and shellfish pair nicely with Champagne. Also, oysters and Champagne is a popular combination. A full-flavored vintage Champagne can go with almost any meal.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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