N.V. Duval-Leroy Brut

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88+
Vinous Media: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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"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. 40,000 cases made. " (WS)

"The NV Brut is an attractive, entry-level wine laced with ripe pears, hazelnuts, spices and dried flowers. An understated, floral finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. This mid-weight, accessible, beautifully balanced Champagne is best suited for drinking over the next two to three years. I especially like the way NV Brut opens up with time in the glass. This is Lot 1097B. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. " (WA)

"(80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay; L2114AG18): Light yellow-gold. Pear, quince and orange zest on the nose, with subtle notes of toasted almond and honey adding complexity. Silky in texture, showcasing deep, fresh orchard and citrus flavors plus a hint of toastiness. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with solid punch and an echo of pear." (IWC)

"Attractive and floral, this is fruity with pear and red apple flavors. It is soft and full in the mouth; its creamy mousse lends just a light tang of lemon zest flavor. The finish is balanced and fruity. " (WE)

"You can’t buy bad Champagne at this price let alone a highly rated example that I’ve personally enjoyed on several occasions and certified as a 5 Star, A+++, 90+ point Nickel and Dime Wine value! The NV Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne has received a good bit of press since its 92 point Wine Spectator rating so you may have heard about this one before. But I’m quite confident you haven’t seen it at this price because LA Wine Co. has it for the lowest in the country according to Wine Searcher. As a point of reference on how good this deal is, Wine Spectator gave the famous Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, a wine I enjoy, 90 points. It sells for $40-50. Furthermore, the Wine Advocate who is notoriously hard on Champagne gave this 88+ and the Veuve 87. Any way you slice it, this is better." (Nickel and Dime)