Wine Spectator: 93 points (Top value & 'Highly Recommended')
Decanter World Wine Awards 2011: Silver Medal
Gloriously rich and toasty, bone-dry vintage Champagne, made from 100% Chardonnay.
The Maison Duval-Leroy affirms its style through this cuvee, bringing together a classic winemaking process in vats and traditional aging in oak barrels. Its colour, a mix of gold and platinum, shadow and light, robes itself in a string of fine, scintillating bubbles which go on and on.
Elegant in the mouth, a deep mineral cascade bursts forth with the caramelised flavours of hot almonds and apricot confit, giving way to exotic touches of papaya.
The long, harmonious final note stretches out, bringing together the succulence of a dish and the alchemy of a Grand Champagne.
“A tangy citrus-and nut-flavored Champagne with a distinctive gum-tingling sensation. It starts out rich, turning lean and tightly wound on the finish. Fine coffee-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 93/100" - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Top Value and 'Highly Recommended'.
"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" - Tom Stevenson, writing in Decanter magazine.
Duval-Leroy was founded in 1859 in Vertus in the Cote des Blancs, Champagne, and remains there to this day under the same ownership, having been handed from father to son since. It is the last Champagne house of this size to remain totally independent and latest owner Madame Carol Duval-Leroy, who personally oversees the wine-making process, intends for it to remain so.
Duval-Leroy is also one of the last Champagne houses to use the Saignee method which exemplifies the focus of traditional methods of Champagne making. The use of oak imparts a character and richness to the wines, and the predominance of the Chardonnay grape gives an elegance and delicacy to the vintages.