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After the brilliantly interesting Henriot tasting this Friday we opened up a couple of bottle bought at an auction lately, Cuvée William Deutz from Maison Deutz in Aÿ.

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DEUTZ ‘CUVÉE WILLIAM DEUTZ’ 1999 – Aÿ / Champagne / France / Deutz / Swedish importer: Swedish Brands / 55PN 10PN 35CH / RJpoints 90(94) TASTING NOTE ‘It is early days still in the life of this young wine. The fruity loveliness and complexity in this closed bud of beauty are however quite unmistakeable. Yet another magnificent William with which to gilde the future.’ 2013-05-31 21.42.25

DEUTZ ‘CUVÉE WILLIAM DEUTZ’ 1998 – Aÿ / Champagne / France / Deutz / Swedish importer: Swedish Brands / 55PN 10PN 35CH / RJpoints 91(93) TASTING NOTE ‘A bit mean and apple-tinged up to now. The almost earthy stoniness of this vintage is not something that contributes to giving the wine charm, either. It will certainly improve well and truly, but it is hardly likely to be one of the great Williams, is it? The sudden strawberry maturity in the finish makes me ask the question.’

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