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Duval-Leroy Brut Premier Cru

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • RP91
12% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Elegant and well-structured, it is veiled with fine, satiny bubbles. Bringing together a long, well-balanced taste and a cultivated, distinguished character, this champagne is a harmonious prelude to a delicious meal. Derived from a lively cuvee, o lofty, fragrant source with a hint of minerals, it will capture the memories of shared emotions for a very long time.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
This mouthwatering Champagne presents a tightly meshed mix of blackberry coulis, lemon meringue pie and candied ginger flavors on a finely detailed mousse, underscored by a rich skein of ground spice that unwinds and lingers on the racy finish.
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
If you ever dreamed about tasting mineral, chalk and green apples, then the non-vintage Duval-Leroy Premier Cru Champagne is the one you need to get your hands on. The next step is to dive into and oyster bed, well that might be a bit messy. Just have a good pal shuck them and place the half shells on a platter. Medium straw color, dancing beads in the nose; perky apple, mineral and chalky aromas; lively and biting on the palate; dry, excellent acidity, well balanced; crunchy, tart apple and chalk in the flavors; long, bright and frisky aftertaste. (Tasted: October 21, 2014, San Francisco, CA)
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Brut Premier Cru is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir (with 15% of reserve wines) from the Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne. Pure, bright and fresh on the lovely aromatic nose, this is a very delicate, round, fruity and elegant Brut with good intensity, structure and juicy length.
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Duval-Leroy

Duval-Leroy

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Duval-Leroy, Champagne, France
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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.

Champagne

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

Champagne & Sparkling

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Equal parts festive and food-friendly, sparkling wine is beloved for its lively bubbles and appealing aesthetics. Though it is often thought of as something to be reserved for celebrations, sparkling wine can be enjoyed on any occasion—and might just make the regular ones feel a bit more special. Sparkling wine is made throughout the world, but can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Other regions have their own specialties, like Prosecco in Italy and Cava in Spain. Sweet or dry, white or rosé (or even red!), lightly fizzy or fully sparkling, there is a style of bubbly wine to suit every palate.

The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, trapping carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. Champagne, Cava and many other sparkling wines (particularly in the New World) are made using the “traditional method,” in which the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. With this method, dead yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful and toasty flavors. For Prosecco, the carbonation process occurs in a stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas preferred for this style of wine.

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