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N.V. Duval-Leroy Brut Cuvee Design Paris

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ITEM 8245814 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased at retail

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $40
Item Sold Amount Date
I8277187 1 $40 Jun 19, 2022
I8256507 3 $40 Jun 5, 2022
I8217414 2 $40 May 8, 2022
I8142936 1 $42 Mar 20, 2022
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RATINGS

91Wine Spectator

Rich and biscuity, with a fine mousse and a firm beam of acidity for support. This sets the stage for the peach, vanilla and warm spice notes.

PRODUCER

Duval-Leroy

Duval-Leroy was founded in 1859 when two Champagne makers merged their companies. It is located in Vertus, which is in the Cote de Blancs region of Champagne, and it has about 500 acres of vineyards planted mostly to Chardonnay. The company remains family owned, and is today headed by Carol Duval-Leroy.

REGION

France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.