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
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, harmonised and persistanf 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)
The Champagne region lies at the northern edge of the world's vineyard-growing areas, with lower average temperatures than any other French wine region. In this kind of cool climate, the growing season is rarely warm enough to ripen grapes to the levels required for standard winemaking. Even in temperate years, Champagne's grapes still bear the hallmark acidity of a marginal climate, and it was only the discovery of secondary fermentation that provided a wine style capable of harnessing – and even embracing – this tartness.
Grapes used in sparkling Chardonnay – Pinot Noir wines are picked earlier than those used in still wines to maximise acidity; the style is therefore suited to cool-climate viticulture. Chardonnay adds texture and nutty and brioche flavors, and Pinot adds its myriad aromas and red-fruit notes.
In France the blend's most famous role is in the wines of Champagne, although it is differentiated from the traditional Champagne blend by the absence of Pinot Meunier. It is also used in Burgundy to produce the region's sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne.