Fermenting in oak and using the rare Petit Meslier grape, Duval-Leroy has created a wine in its single-varietal Authentis range that is, to say the least, unusual. The wood element is noticeable but what's more fascinating is the intense acidity of the grape. There may be only 40 acres left in Champagne of this tight crisp apple and citrus flavored grape.
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.