Duval-Leroy ‘Fleur de Champagne’ Brut Premier Cru



In 1911, the year vineyards in Champagne were first officially classified, Raymond Duval-Leroy — son and heir from the house-forming marriage of Henri Duval and Eugénie Leroy — was the first to create a Premier Cru Champagne, combining Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from three newly classified areas of premier and grand cru vineyards. During the first tasting sessions, Raymond distinguished an aroma of white flowers evoking the scent of the ‘wine flower’ in June, which led to the birth of ‘Fleur de Champagne’.

Fleur de Champagne is still produced today from those same Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from a mix of premier and grand cru vineyards within the family holdings. Elegant and well-structured, it is veiled with fine, satiny bubbles, with a fragrant nose of toasted brioche, yeast and, appropriately still, white flowers. The palate is crisp, fresh, vibrant and complex, fresh bread crust and tangy lemon meringue with a fine minerality, and hints of fig, nuts and ripe brie all detectable on the after-taste.

Will serve well as a premium aperitif and match superbly with fine shellfish, try it with grilled langoustines and butter.

  • Structured, elegant, complex
  • 750ml
  • 12.0% Alcohol
  • Cork

Producer: Champagne Duval-Leroy

Founded in 1859, by Mr Duval and Mr Leroy, a grower and a merchant, independent luxury Champagne house Duval-Leroy is today run by Belgian Carol Duval-Leroy, who took control of the estate after her husband Jean Charles died suddenly in 1991. As well as presiding over a long period of growth and success, she has also left her mark on the wider champagne world, becoming in 2007 the first woman ever (and only woman to date) to be nominated chairman of the Association Viticole Champenoise, Champagne's winemakers' association. 

Many consider successful, modern, market-building Carol to be the 21st century version of famous widow Veuve Clicquot ably assisted by Sandrine Logette-Jardin, one of the only female cellar masters in Champagne. Still very much a family business with Carol's sons Julien, Charles and Louis working alongside her, Duval-Leroy is now recognized as high quality champagne with cuvées found in more than 250 Michelin starred restaurants.

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