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Terlato Adds Duval-Leroy To Lineup, With Aim To Expand Champagne Brand’s U.S. Profile

January 14, 2015

Terlato Wines has formed a new partnership with Duval-Leroy through which it will become the Champagne house’s U.S. importer. Known for its distinctive style of using 100% Premier Cru and Grand Cru Chardonnay-based blends, Duval-Leroy Champagnes have consistently earned high marks from Wine Spectator. Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne 1996 was recently featured in Wine Spectator’s “Classic-Scoring Wines of 2014” list, with a 97-point rating. Terlato will import a range of Duval-Leroy Champagnes, including Femme de Champagne 2000 (92 points from Wine Spectator), Brut 2006 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Rosé Prestige Brut Premier Cru (93) and Brut Premier Cru NV (91), among others.

Before aligning with Terlato, Duval-Leroy handled its own importing and marketing in the U.S. The family-owned Champagne house, whose roots date back more than 150 years, has long been led by Carol Duval-Leroy. Her sons Julien, Charles and Louis have joined her in leadership roles.

While Duval-Leroy’s U.S. sales are relatively small, Terlato is confident about the brand’s potential. The Chicago-based importer, which expects to ship about 12,000 cases of the Champagne in the U.S. this year, said the pact with Duval-Leroy “represents an effort to grow the brand exponentially in the U.S.”

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