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Blend: 87% Chardonnay & 13% Pinot Noir
The company’s flagship wine is Femme de Champagne, first produced in the 1990 vintage. It is a very fine and feminine champagne that gives a great promise of the company’s future quality potential. Carol Duval-Leroy has a passion for gastronomy and this is reflected in her winemaking too. The medium-dry Lady Rosé, for instance, is made to complement desserts and she has even written a 200-recipe cookery book to match her champagnes.
Delivering an unforgettable tasting experience, this cuvee is a reflection of the close cooperation between Carol Duval-Leroy, President of the House, and Sandrine Logette-Jardin, her Head Winemaker. Both are women of a passionate and generous but demanding character, and their personalities are fully expressed in the preparation of this exceptional wine.
Through its fine and delicate structure, Femme de Champagne Vintage 2004 presents a wine of exceptional finesse and aromatic complexity. At once smooth, rounded and silky, and in appearance like mother-of-pearl, Femme de Champagne 2004 reflects the elegance and the refinement sought by Maison Duval-Leroy for an unforgettable tasting experience.
Femme de Champagne is the result of a delicate marriage of the best parcels of grapes from the region. Fine bubbles gush through the wine, bright with hints of the yellows and greens of springtime, and lit up with the sparkle of silvery moonbeams.
On the palate, a bewitching flavour of ripe hazelnuts surrounds the floral fragrance of honeysuckle, followed quickly by the delicate notes of crystalized mandarin orange peel.
A great example of how large yields do not necessarily mean poor quality in Champagne. As a reaction to the previous year's low yields, the vines produced one of the largest crops on record. The growing season proceeded without major difficulties but the bumper crop called for bud thinning. August brought about cooler weather and some rains, increasing the risk of rot. The massive crop, averaging 13,990 kg/ha, was picked from September 18th onwards. The quality was a pleasant surprise; vibrant wines with appropriate intensity, refined charm and refreshing lightness. This vintage impresses me more and more, and I feel tempted to give it the full five stars. It comes with a rare balance of freshness, lightness, yet fine aromatic intensity. Post-release, this vintage has proven to be slow to age, and elegant wines are likely to keep on ageing gracefully. Dom Pérignon and Louis Roederer Cristal both excelled.