Champagne Deutz

Since 1838 Deutz has been based in the Grand Cru village of Ay, just west of Epernay. By the late 19th Century Deutz became a much sought after Champagne consumed by many heads of state and royalty. In 1983 the Rouzaud family, owners of Louis Roederer, purchased Deutz and installed the talented Fabrice Rosset as the CEO. The Deutz style continues to be understated, refined, and made to exacting standards. In addition to their property in Ay, Deutz has acquired vineyards in the Cotes des Blanc and have secured long term contracts with their grower partners, all of which practice sustainable vineyard management. Mr Rosset was responsible for engineering the success of Roederer's premium cuvee Cristal, and has introduced his own line of prestige cuvees, Amour de Deutz. Under the leadership of Mr Rosset Deutz is again a much sought after brand with significant market presence in Europe and the US.

Brut Rose NV

Produced from mostly Pinot Noir grown on Premier and Grand Cru vineyards from the Montagne de Reims, Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay, with a touch of Chardonnay. Aged three years on its lees.

Reviews:

"A vibrant backbone of acidity defines this harmonious rose, with the satiny texture carrying a subtle mix of blood orange, slivered almond, pink grapefruit zest, and smoke notes.  Drink now through 2019." Wine Spectator  91 Points October 2016

"Antique pink in color and showing fine bubbles, the NV Deutz Brut Rosé offers a very clear and subtle bouquet of red berries, candied cherries, plums and pomegranate. Medium to full-bodied, firm and very elegant on the palate, this Champagne combines its serious character with great delicacy and fruit finesse. Made from Pinot Noir grands crus from the Montagne de Reims with a small portion of Chardonnay, the wine gets its unique color of blending in about 8% of red wine produced from old Deutz vines on the hill of Aÿ, particularly from a plot known as 'Meurtet.'” ~ 91, Wine Advocate October 2015

 

"The NV Brut Rosé is fabulous. A sweet, open bouquet leads to expressive fruit in this rich, textured wine. The Deutz Rosé is a serious wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif, but it also has more than enough power in reserve to drink well at the dinner table. Floral notes reappear to round out the finish. The blend is 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. " ~ 91, Vinous December 2011

Price: (6 packs) Fl $248, 2cs $240, 6cs $228
 
Brut Classic NV

Deutz Classic is blended in generally equal proportions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier to create a harmonious style. Each year a certain portion of reserve wines is added to the blend to maintain a level of consistency, and complexity. Most of the fruit is grown on Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards.

Reviews:

"A bright, creamy and well knit Champagne, with a smoke tinged, minerally underpinning to the lemon meringue pie, biscuit and candied ginger flavors.  The spiced finish lingers.  Drink now through 2019." Wine Spectator 91 Points October 2016

"An upbeat style in terms of aromas with citrus and stone fruits dominating, plus some gentle fresh, yeasty bread notes too. The palate has a spicy thread with some impressive weight and depth; dried red fruit flavors head to more savory almond notes to close. Drink now." ~ 90, James Suckling July 2015

 

"Light yellow. Toasty lees, poached pear and lemon rind on the pungent nose. Offers an array of sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and becomes spicier with air. The lemon and lees notes come back on the broad, clear finish." ~ 90, Vinous December 2012

Price: (6 packs) Fl $220, 3cs $208, 5cs $196
 
Brut Millesime

The Brut Millesime is blended from Pinot Noir grown in the vineyards of Bouzy, Louvois, Vezernay, and Ay; Chardonay from Le Mesnil, Vertus and Chouilly; and Pinot Meunier from Pierry and Moussy.

Reviews:

"The 2008 Brut Millesime offers considerable richness from the predominance of Pinot in the blend along with the freshness of the vintage. Dried flowers, red stone fruit, cinnamon, chamomile, pear and slate are all highly expressive in the glass. The 2008 is generous and expansive on the palate, with considerable power and plenty of energy in reserve. The blend is 63% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Meunier." ~ 92, Vinous July 2015

2009 Brut Millesime - "A harmonious Champagne, offering a firm frame of acidity, a fine bead and well knit flavors of ripe honeycrisp apple, white peach, slivered almond and fleur de sel, with a pleasingly bitter hint of citrus peel on the finish.  Drink now through 2026." - Wine Spectator 92 Points October 2016

Price: (6 packs) Fl $252.00, 2cs $240.00
 
Rosé Millésimé
Reviews:

"Blind tastings with Deutz Champagnes must be easy since the color of the Deutz rosés are always very special in their brilliant salmon color. Also, the bouquet of the 2009 Brut Rosé is so delicately and invitingly fruity (pomegranate and raspberry) that there should be good chances to figure the Deutz out. Full-bodied and highly elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, fruit intense, slightly sweet, well balanced and structured, persistent Champagne of great finesse. Drink it now or in the next 2-3 year." ~ 91, Wine Advocate October 2015

 

"Deutz's 2009 Rosé is one of the highlights in this tasting. Silky and textured on the palate, the 2009 shows lovely focus, with plenty of bright red berry and stone fruit character. Mint and spice nuances are woven throughout, adding to the wine's overall complexity. The radiance of the vintage comes through nicely in this racy, super-expressive Rosé. Here, too, the wine's balance is impeccable. A Rosé of assemblage, the 2009 is 80% Pinot Noir (including 8% still Pinot) and 20% Chardonnay, from Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Bouzy and Verzenay." ~ 93, Vinous July 2015

Price: (6 packs) Fl $280, 3cs $272
 
Blanc de Blanc
Reviews:

"Deutz's delicate 2008 Blanc de Blancs Brut has a brillant citrus yellow color with lime green reflections and opens with a corresponding clear and noble bouquet displaying white fruits, lemon juice and dashes of limes, nuts, flowers, herbs, brioche and crushed limestones. On the palate this is a light and highly elegant, finesse-full and delightfully fresh Champagne with a firm and persistent (mineral) length without getting big, dramatic or loud. This is a very distinguished, serious style of top class Champagne – a true classic you should not miss (at least at this price!). Le mousseux est très délicieux." ~ 94, Wine Advocate November 2014

 

"The 2008 Blanc de Blancs is attractive, but also a bit unusual in that it is quite open-knit considering the vintage and fruit sources predominantly in Avize and Mesnil. Scents of brioche, spice, vanilla and white orchard fruit all blossom in the glass. The 2008 is rich on the palate, yet also conveys an impression of translucent weightlessness. The blend is 51% Avize and 41% Mesnil, with touches of fruit from Villers Marmery, Cramant and Vertus." ~ 91, Vinous July 2015

Price: (6 packs) Fl $332, 2cs $320
 
Cuvée William Deutz

Intensely seductive, with a bright golden hue, this is a generous wine both in its structure and flavors. These are fresh, sauve and well- built. Its true panache lies in the lingering memory of its taste.

Reviews:

"A top wine in the Deutz range, packed with maturing richness, balancing fresh grapefruits against toasted almonds, an elegant structure, and an impressive power of flavor, leaving a dense mouthful of wine that manages to float at the same time." ~ 94, Wine Enthusiast December 2007

 

"The 1998 Cuvee William Deutz flows from the glass with compelling layers of flowers, apricots, succulent pears, minerals and smoke. This Champagne offers a gorgeous combination of mineral-driven freshness with a richly-textured core of fruit. The Cuvee William Deutz should continue to drink beautifully for at least another decade. For the William Deutz the estate uses a blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018." ~ 93, Wine Advocate December 2008

 

"The 1998 Cuvée William Deutz flows from the glass with compelling layers of flowers, apricots, succulent pears, minerals and smoke. This Champagne offers a gorgeous combination of mineral-driven freshness with a richly-textured core of fruit. The Cuvée William Deutz should continue to drink beautifully for at least another decade. For the William Deutz the estate uses a blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier." ~ 93, Vinous December 2008

Price: (1 3L bottle) Fl $399
 
Amour de Deutz Brut
Reviews:

"Poised, stylish and elegant, this is a wine that recalls a more leisured time. Pristine apple and citrus flavors combine easily and fresh on the palate. It is fruity and bright in character, while showing just a hint of the maturity that should develop in the next two years." ~ 93, Wine Enthusiast December 2013

 

"White truffle, herbs, orange blossom and spices are some of the notes that take shape in the 2005 Amour de Deutz. There is good nuance in the glass, but the 2005 is also a bit forward, with slight hints of greenness and oxidation, which along with its mid-weight structure, suggest it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. I also miss some of the energy that is present in the very best years. The 2005 is 100% Chardonnay, 60% Avize, 35% Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and 5% Villers-Marmery." ~ 91, Vinous July 2015

 

"Completely made from Chardonnay grapes sourced in the Grand Crus of Avize (60%), le Mesnil-sur-Oger (35%) and Villers-Marmery (5%), the brilliantly citrus colored 2005 Amour de Deutz Brut offers an intense though precise and elegant, well balanced bouquet of lemon and, initially, earthy-herbal and yeasty aromas which slowly make way to pineapple and white-fleshed peach flavors along with some hints of Brazil nut on a complex mineral background. Full-bodied, clear and elegant on the palate and with the straight, Deutz-typical raciness, the earthy flavors are initially repeated whereas the fruit seems better hidden than the sweetness (that seems to be on the edge of Brut here). However, with a lot of aeration the pineapple fruit complex assumes the lead but the wine is less focused and transparent than in the beautiful 2008 Blanc de Blancs or in the new Amour de Deutz Rosé from the 2006 vintage. Not fully convinced of the performance in this tasting, I will be tasting another bottle of Deutz's white Prestige Cuvée 2005 for part two of my Champagne tastings" ~ 91+? Wine Advocate November 2014

Price: (6 packs) Fl $720, 2cs $708