Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne 2000 (3 x 750mL Giftboxed), France.

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Carol Duval-Leroy and Sandrine Logette -Jardin, her wine maker, have together created a distinctive bottle with its rounded lines which nurtures a great Champagne, golden like a jewel and soft like a fragrance, designed to gain approval from people of taste and distinction.

The prestigious cuvee Femme de Champagne is the product of the development of select vineyard plots put in place by the House of Duval-Leroy. The Chardonnay Grand Crus of Mont-Aigu from Chouilly, Chapelle of Avize, Terre de Noël from Oger, and Chetillon and Aillerand from Mesnil sur Oger, are vinified separately in oak barrels to highlight the elegance and vitality, while a touch of Pinot Noir imparts roundness and character.

Femme de Champagne vintage 2000 is an outstanding example of a special year. It is in the line of other unforgettable vintages, 1990, 1995 and 1996.

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Expert Reviews

A full yellow hue anticipates the expressive yellow plums and juicy white peaches that are classic of the warm 2000 vintage. A juicy, honeyed presence on the front palate and roundedness in the middle has been cleverly countered with a strong representation of chardonnay, quickly pulling it into a focused finish of taut lemon juice acidity and mineral expression. Length and profile are excellent, with integrated nuances of spice and wild honey. Everything slots neatly into place, making for a worthy successor to the ravishing 1996. Ratig 96 - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2012-2013 (JUL/2011)

Lemon, green pears, pastry and spices are some of the many notes that take shape in Duval-Leroy’s 2000 Brut Femme de Champagne. There is a soft, open quality to the 2000 that is highly appealing. Hints of honey, flowers and Chamomile add complexity to a creamy finish nicely supported by lively, buffering minerality. This is a lovely effort from Duval-Leroy. Disgorgement date: Marc 27, 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. Rating 92 - Antonio Galloni, eRobertParker.com (NOV/2012)

Winery Tasting Notes


Its yellow gold colour carries fine strands of bubbles.


The bubbles reveal complex notes of a lively maturity: brioche, vanilla and wood aromas alternating with citrus fruits such as lemon and mandarin.


After the fine initial burst of flavour in the mouth comes a silky touch interwoven with remarkable length on the palate. With its "Femme de Champagne", the Maison opens its doors to an unforgettable tasting experience.

Food Matching

With boiled eggs or caviar

Medals & Trophies

Great Gold Medal, Mundus Vini 2005

Gold Medal, Mundus Vini 2006

Gold Medal, IWC 2005/2006/2007

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Cork closure

Winery Profile

The scale of Duval-Leroy’s modern winery in Vertus is a physical statement of the rapid pace of progress at this family-owned company. Celebrating its 150th birthday recently, it now ranks as the ninth largest in Champagne, thanks to the vision of its dynamic leader, Carol Duval, who has progressively expanded the estate since the death of her husband twenty years ago. Chardonnay takes the lead in these graceful and elegant wines, reflecting the bright fruit purity of the village of Vertus.

Approaching Duval-Leroy along its elegant driveway, the imposing building looks like it would be more at home in Silicon Valley than a small village in Champagne. The entire façade is covered in solar panels, 250 square metres in all, sufficient to provide for the electrical needs of the barrel room, tasting room and reception area. It’s a drop in the ocean of this mighty facility but it makes a bold and immediate statement that Duval-Leroy has sunk a serious investment into its modernisation and growth. And that’s just the beginning.

Step inside the largest facility in Vertus and you’re greeted by lines of gleaming new tanks, all temperature controlled to between 16 and 20oC to preserve delicacy during fermentation. Five gentle eight tonne pneumatic presses are cleverly positioned above thirty settling tanks, gently delivering the must by gravity. Dug deep underground, this facility operates on multiple levels. The production process was modernised in 2009 when the facility was extended to enable all production to be integrated under one roof to improve efficiency and quality. At the same time, a new barrel room was added for fermentation of grand cru parcels.

The house controls 200 hectares in the Côte des Blancs (including an impressive 150 hectares in Vertus and holdings in all the grand crus), Montagne de Reims and Côte de Sézanne, providing a generous one-third of all fruit required for an annual production of 5 to 5.5 million bottles. This is serviced by five press centres and some eighteen million bottles in storage 30km away in Châlons-en-Champagne.

Duval-Leroy manages a sustainability regime that’s more than just a solar panel façade. A ten page document on the company’s web site details all of its initiatives in the vineyards and winery. The use of weed killers has been reduced by more than half in the past decade and all estate vineyards are cultivated organically or biodynamically, an impressive credential for a house of this size. Duval-Leroy purchases fruit from a number of organically certified growers, which finds its way into two organic champagnes.

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