Duval-Leroy is a family business, established in 1859 through the merger of two Champagne growers. Handed down from father to son, it has remained independent for 148 years. Since its creation, Champagne DUVAL-LEROY has been located in Vertus, in the heart of “La Cote des Blancs”. Currently the House cultivates about 200 hectares, much of which is devoted to production of high quality Chardonnay grapes. The predominance of Chardonnay in the elaboration of the cuvees gives a finesse, lightness and elegance to DUVAL-LEROY champagnes. The company is one of the few remaining 100% family-owned Champagne firms and is ranked in the 15 top Champagne houses. With five hundred hectares of vines, Vertus (with 2500 inhabitants) is now the second largest wine-growing district in the Champagne region, after Les Riceys. It has had rather an eventful history. An important regional centre during the Middle Ages, it was entirely destroyed once during the Hundred Years’ War and then again during the Second World War. Today it enjoys its status as a thriving community based on its qualification as one of the top Premier Cru rated areas in Champagne. This independent supply, on a scale rarely found in Champagne, provides one quarter of the company’s annual grape requirement. A major asset, it guarantees the quality and consistency of Duval-Leroy Champagne. The delicate balance of three grape varieties gives the wine all of its characteristics, but because we are in the Côte des Blancs, Chardonnay predominates. The vines, the sun and the rain decide each year on the quality of the grapes. Nevertheless, the involvement of man is essential to ensure that the harvest reveals all of its potential. At Duval-Leroy, more than 30 people manage the vineyard all year round, giving each vine the attention and loving care that it needs. For the harvest, 500 grape pickers join the permanent staff for the major event in the wine grower’s calendar. The in-house presses receive the grapes as they are picked along with those purchased from other wine growers.
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