It is appropriate that Duval-Leroy has Femme as its top wine, since the company is run by one of the legendary “Champagne widows” Carol Duval-Leroy. This wine is an indication of the great quality now coming from this producer. It's an elegant wine, dominated by Chardonnay, with intense green fruits, a fine structure, no sign at all of aging. With the wine this fresh it could probably age another 5–10 years.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.