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Senior editor Dana Nigro joined Wine Spectator in 1998. She is managing editor of WineSpectator.com.
Dana Nigro

A Champagne to Toast a Super Bowl Win

Duval-Leroy Champagne Brut NV

Dana Nigro
Posted: February 8, 2010

Last night, the spirit of the Who Dat Nation was in full force in our house. Normally, I consider myself blessed that I married a man who doesn't care that much about football. But this year has been different. My husband, Carlos, is from New Orleans, and when he was growing up, his family had season tickets to the 'Aints at the Superdome. The team had dashed his hopes too many times over the years, but as they kept racking up wins throughout this season, he became a believer again. Like most New Orleans fans, for him, this Super Bowl was more than a game—it was a symbol of his home city's comeback and his people's resilience and faith in what they can achieve despite the odds.

We watched the game at Oddfellows Rest in Hoboken, over plates of Cajun and Creole food, and jumped up and down screaming at Tracy Porter's 74-yard interception. Watching Carlos' eyes glowing with pride, I've never had more fun watching football. Afterwards, we returned home to second-line through our apartment to the sounds of Rebirth Brass Band's rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In," with glasses of Champagne in hand. We popped open a bottle of Duval-Leroy's non-vintage brut I'd picked up in 2008, which happened to be handy in the fridge and also sported a black-and-gold label to match the team's colors. Crisp and clean, it was lively with lemon and orange zest flavors, with notes of honey, candied fruit and spice, and a yeasty bread dough finish. 92 points, non-blind. Paired with a Super Bowl victory, it tasted oh so sweet.

WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Duval-Leroy Champagne Brut NV (91, $38, Top 100 of 2008: Rank 77).

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