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Thursday, February 11, 2010

1996 Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne

Duval-Leroy is based in Vertus, a village in the Côte de Blancs, and is now one of the largest land-owners in all Champagne. They own vineyards in all the Grand Cru villages of the Côte des Blancs. This vintage cuvée is mostly Grand Cru, from the Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs.

On the nose I get a very fruit driven bouquet of candied red apple and citrus blossom. There are also subtle yeast and sweet bread notes that combine with mineral, wet stone, and bread pudding aromas. The wine begins to display a deeper and richer yeast aromas as it remains in the glass.

On the palate I get flavors of golden apple, hints of citrus, and fresh white raspberries. The finish is dry and very long, showing green apple and bread notes.

It's important to note this wines superior acidity and dryness on the finish. It's very tight right now and can easily age for quite a bit longer in the cellar, to which I think it will most definitely improve in complexity and balance.

90+ points

 
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