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Food & Wine Magazine on Duval-Leroy’s Sandrine Logette-Jardin

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There are so many things that make Duval-Leroy special in Champagne, but among the most significant is Chef de Cave Sandrine Logette-Jardin, whose role is captured in a new “Tasting Room” post by Food & Wine‘s Ray Isle.

The magazine’s executive wine editor visited with Sandrine in New York last month and tasted the Duval-Leroy wines – and came away an enthusiastic fan on both counts. From the piece:

Historically, powerful roles in Champagne (as in the wine business overall) have been dominated by men. So I was intrigued to meet recently with Sandrine Logette-Jardin, the chef de cave—chief winemaker, essentially—of Champagne Duval-Leroy. Sandrine is not only the first woman chef de cave at an independently owned Champagne house, she’s also an extraordinarily talented winemaker, judging from the current Duval-Leroy releases; beyond that, Duval-Leroy’s president is also a woman, Carol Duval-Leroy.

Isle goes on to say that “Duval-Leroy’s Chardonnay-driven style is elegant and generous at once,” and presents tasting notes on a selection of wines, including the Duval-Leroy Premier Cru Brut and Duval-Leroy Rosé Brut. But his favorite might be the 2000 Duval Leroy Femme de Champagne Brut.

A rich Champagne with golden apple, honey and peach notes, it’s still also quite zingy with bright citrus acidity—both opulent and elegant, and in perfect balance; a gorgeous wine. What would Logette-Jardin serve it with? ‘A risotto with mushrooms,’ she says. ‘Oui. That would be right.’

You can find the piece, “Meet Sandrine Logette-Jardin, Champagne’s Only Woman Chef de Cave,” on the Food & Wine website.

(July 20, 2015)

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