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The structure of the Vintage 2004 is underpinned by an aromatic richness resulting from a particular combination of climatic conditions : low rainfall followed by a summer heat wave. The chalky mineral notes in this vintage champagne are the typical expression of Chardonnays from the prestigious Cote des Blancs.
The Champagne House of Duval-Leroy affirms its style with the clear and luminous character of this cuvee. Its colour is adorned by a persistent stream of fine and bright bubbles. Its elegant palate unfurls to reveal intense mineral notes with aromas of warm caramelized almond, white peach and hawthorn. The final, long-lasting and harmonious impression is of the marriage of the succulence of these flavours with the alchemy of a great Champagne.
Tasting : to enhance the pleasure of tasting Duval-Leroy 2004 Vintage, pair it with a Mediterranean sea perch with lemon and olive oil or alternatively with a veal chop served with garlic and parsley juice and with a truffle scented potato puree.
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay
Bottle sizes: 75cl
How to enjoy it: Serving the 2004 vintage at 12° with a fish.
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.