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We were specially invited to a timeless and luxurious Lunch at Deutz with amazing Vinothèque-wines. As one of the greatest high spots of the journey we would taste one of the very few remaining magnums of Deutz Blanc de Noirs d´Aÿ Vinothèque. One of the best and most famous champagnes in the world with an auction price of 14 000 euros.

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RJ ON DEUTZ In 1838 two Germans, William Deutz and Pierre Glederman, founded this distinguished firm in Aÿ. Deutz was hit hard during the Champagne Uprising of 1911. The house was long run by André Lallier, who has made large investments in other wine districts. Notable among these properties are Delas in the Rhône Valley, Maison Deutz in California, as well as another site producing sparkling wine in the Loire Valley. In 1993, Louis Roederer gained a majority stockholding in Deutz.

Nowadays the firm is ably run by the very likeable Fabrice Rosset. Winemaker is Michel Davesne. Seventy-five percent of the grapes are bought from grand cru and premier cru villages. Deutz themselves own land in five villages. The property is among the most beautiful in Champagne, and even the wines are very distinguished.

The style is laid-back, elegant, and sophisticated, with a medium body, crystal-clear fruit, and an exemplary mousse. All the wines are good, but the Cuvée William Deutz Rosé is something special. Their Vinothèque wines and the white William are also world class wines. Recently Deutz launched Amour de Deutz, a new ultra-sophisticated prestige Champagne. It has sold like hot cakes since Madonna took a liking to it—they say that there is always a chilled bottle ready wherever she goes.The 2002 is pure essence.

One of my absolute favourite houses.In 1838 two Germans, William Deutz and Pierre Glederman, founded this distinguished firm in Aÿ. Deutz was hit hard during the Champagne Uprising of 1911. The house was long run by André Lallier, who has made large investments in other wine districts. Notable among these properties are Delas in the Rhône Valley, Maison Deutz in California, as well as another site producing sparkling wine in the Loire Valley. In 1993, Louis Roederer gained a majority stockholding in Deutz.

Nowadays the firm is ably run by the very likeable Fabrice Rosset. Winemaker is Michel Davesne. Seventy-five percent of the grapes are bought from grand cru and premier cru villages. Deutz themselves own land in five villages. The property is among the most beautiful in Champagne, and even the wines are very distinguished. The style is laid-back, elegant, and sophisticated, with a medium body, crystal-clear fruit, and an exemplary mousse. All the wines are good, but the Cuvée William Deutz Rosé is something special. Their Vinothèque wines and the white William are also world class wines. Recently Deutz launched Amour de Deutz, a new ultra-sophisticated prestige Champagne. It has sold like hot cakes since Madonna took a liking to it—they say that there is always a chilled bottle ready wherever she goes.The 2002 is pure essence. One of my absolute favourite houses.

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Lunch @ 16 rue Jeanson – Aÿ

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2008 DEUTZ ‘BLANC de BLANCS’ | Aÿ | Champagne | France | Deutz | 100CH | RJpoints 90(94)

TASTING NOTE From the start, extremely voluptuous, round and generous. Here are all the cute yellow-white dessert assiocitionS. Creamy sweet, meringue-like and light citrus exotic. Perhaps a bit too rich and ripe, but I think above all hope that the acid is sufficient for further development. 

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2005 DEUTZ ‘AMOUR de DEUTZ’  | Aÿ | Champagne | France | Deutz | 100CH | RJpoints 90(93)

TASTING NOTE The wine lives on a lovely generosity and also wonderfully delicious easy drinkability. A highly appreciated and popular wine. As usual, I grumble some about the lack of airiness between the various components of the dense 2005.vintage wines Brie de Meaux tone in the fragrance in some bottles.

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2000 DEUTZ ‘CUVÉE WILLIAM  DEUTZ VINOTHÈQUE’ | Aÿ | Champagne | France | Deutz | 55PN 10PM 35CH | RJpoints 91(94)

TASTING NOTE I’m not quite a grip on how some wines from the hills surrounding Aÿ has become extra powerful, dark and concentrated monumental one usually fairly easy and tutti frutti scented soft year. Clos des Goisses and even clearer in this wine ,illustrates what I mean. Wonderful! Unfortunately, some oxidation tons the last times.

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1975 DEUTZ ‘BLANC DE NOIRS d’AŸ VINOTHÈQUE’ | Aÿ | Champagne | France | Deutz | 100PN | RJpoints 99(99)

TASTING NOTE This wine that was too good to be sold and that is only intended for internal use has been made available for me to taste thanks to the generosity of Fabrice Rosset. The recently disgorged magnum is at its best after decanting and is surprisingly light in colour. Fairly soon the most beautiful Pinot aromas start to bombard one’s nose. Distinct layers of satiny-smooth strawberry essence, leather, liquorice, roasted nuts and gunpowder smoke make their appearance with accelerating strength. A masterly wine to follow for many decades in the future.

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2008 DEUTZ ‘ROSÉ ‘ | Aÿ | Champagne | France | Deutz | 100PN | RJpoints 89(93)

TASTING NOTE The flowing rich vintage! What balance! What a prodigious Burgundy-like strawberry aroma and wonderfully generous softness!

 

15 champagne lovers | 5 champagne | 4 vintages | 75 glasses | 3 dishes
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