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Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut

750 ml.


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What's in the Bottle

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay

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Sparkling Wine
750 ml.
Item #:
12 bottles

Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut  NV / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

93 pts. : November 30, 2006

A big, full-bodied bubbly, featuring graphite, toast, lemon and nut aromas and flavors. Balanced, with an assertive finish. Will improve with a few months of cellaring. Drink now through 2009.

93 pts. : December 31, 2006

Founded in 1859, Duval-Leroy has been under the direction of owner Carol Duval-Leroy since 1990, and she is one of the few women at the helm of a Champagne house. This full-bodied non-vintage brut uses a 2003 base and blends 75 percent Pinot Noir with 25 percent Chardonnay. The grapes were sourced from 20 different vineyards located on the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs.

92 pts. : November 15, 2011

An elegant wine, with a delicate grain and subtle, citrusy acidity. Offers flavors of yellow apple, clementine and licorice snap, with hints of marzipan and coconut and a fresh, creamy finish. Drink now through 2018.

91 pts. : November 15, 2005

Complex and beguiling, with floral, rosemary, candied citrus and mineral aromas and flavors. This is both elegant and intense, with a vibrant structure and long finish. Ideal as an aperitif or with light foods. Drink now through 2007.

91 pts. : December 31, 2008

Located in the Côte des Blancs, Champagne Duval-Leroy is known for its Chardonnay-dominated bubblies, but in recent years the house has signed numerous contracts in the Montagne de Reims area of Champagne to increase its Pinot Noir supply. This NV brut blends 75 percent Pinot Noir with 25 percent Chardonnay, with 2005 as its base year (along with 20 percent reserve wines). Grapes were sourced from 15 different crus, about 35 percent of them estate-owned.


There’s a creamy edge to the quince, biscuit, honey and ginger flavors in this well-cut Champagne, which help to balance the firm acidity. Vibrant and expressive, with a zesty finish. Drink now through 2014.

91 pts. : November 15, 2008

This rich, sumptuous bubbly is marked by clover honey, candied citrus and hints of malt and mineral. It’s beautifully integrated, with medium weight and a lingering, ginger-infused aftertaste. Drink now through 2010.

91 pts. : December 31, 2005

Duval-Leroy, with 145 years of winemaking under its belt, is managed today by Carol Duval-Leroy. This brut, from winemaker Hervé Jestin, is a blend of 80 percent Pinot Noir and 20 percent Chardonnay hailing from many different crus, including Vertus, Rilly, Bouzy, Ay and Chouilly. Fermentation is done in stainless steel tanks, and the wine is aged for three years on the lees in caves located in Chalon.

91 pts.: Nov 15, 2014

A fresh, finely knit version that meshes a silky mousse and delicate acidity with a subtle flavor range, including rich hints of toasted brioche, blackberry, spun honey, lemon zest and smoked almond. A fine aperitif in terms of weight and balance, but in a slightly richer style. Drink now through 2020.

90 pts. : November 15, 2012

Firm, with a lively bead and a well-meshed range of smoky mineral, white peach, candied lemon zest, biscuit and pickled ginger notes. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2017.

90 pts. : December 1, 2006

Duval-Leroy has its finger on the consumer hot button; this is what most people conjure up in their mental palate when the word Champagne pops up. Full, almost fleshy, and richly delicious, this is not the most complex or elegant bottle. But in terms of delivering big, friendly flavor at a fair price, this is the one to beat. I particularly like the way the wine continues to evolve on the back palate; it doesn’t just sit there and grin at you. It smoothly rides into a toasty sunset, waving its big hat.

90 pts.: Nov 30, 2013

A firm version, with an open-knit texture and chalky undertow, featuring a subtle mesh of persimmon, white raspberry, honey, blanched almond and apricot notes. Delicate finish. Drink now.

90 pts. : Nov/Dec 2009

Real champagne; toasty, yeasty and robust, with hypnotic bubbles; a long, bone-dry finish.

89 pts.: 12/1/2009

A moussy, creamy, fresh and light Champagne, with velvet apples and cream character. There is a touch of citrus, but this so-fruity wine is lively and instantly delicious.

89 pts. : December 1, 2005

A full style of wine, with a touch of toast. This is rich, with flavors of white fruits as well as a layer of acidity that comes through. An attractive wine from a firm that is on the way up.

88 pts.: December 1, 2008

With leesy apple and pear flavors, this is a clean, simple Champagne for any fresh catch.

88 pts. : November 30, 2004

Rich and gingery, yet with a firm structure, settling into citrus, toast and hazelnut flavors. I like the balance and expression in this solid, well-integrated wine. Drink now.

88 pts. : Nov/Dec 2006

Aromas and flavors of toasted brioche and citrus with a balanced mouthfeel and lively bubbles; ends with a crisp, dry finish.

88 pts. : December 1, 2007

Much drier than many non-vintage Champagnes, this is full of crisp grapefruit flavors, lively green fruits, and a touch of bready yeast. It is a deliciously fresh wine, dancing across the palate.

87 pts. : December 15, 2009

Apple and bread dough flavors mark this Champagne, which shows a touch of honey. Medium-bodied, with moderate length. Tails off a little on the finish. Drink now.

: October 1, 2008

Dry, creamy entry. Lovely interplay between hazelnuts and red berries. Elegant, toasty, balanced. Delicate.

: October 1, 2011

Fresh, ripe stone fruit and warm brioche nose. Clean lemon citrus flavour. Pleasing linear acidity with a long, chalky finish.