Last Friday I had the pleasure of meeting Etienne Defosse from Deutz for a little pre lunch Champagne tasting, I would quite like all Friday mornings to start like this from now on. We have listed some of the Deutz Champagnes for a while now but I do always love an excuse to revisit some of our favourites and also so sample the rest of the exquisite range.
Situated in Aÿ in the Champagne region of France, Deutz are now represented by Jean Lallier, sixth generation descendant of founder William Deutz. Deutz are one of the oldest members of Champagne’s prestigious Grandes Marques houses. Since being founded in 1838, they have been producing champagne full of elegance, finesse and complexity.
Only the top rated grapes are selected from the 275 acres of vineyards in the finest curs of Champagne and then slowly and carefully aged in the chalk-walled cellars far beneath the historic village of Aÿ. Today, this house merges tradition and technology to create elegant Champagne in the timeless Deutz style, handed down through five generations.
Deutz Brut Classic (Pictured Left)
The nose of the Brut Classic holds fruit characteristics including peach, apricot and lemon zest, whilst the palate is full of biscuit and honey which, when combined with the exceptionally fine mousse, gives the wine great balance and poise. This is a great reminder as to how good good Champagne is, we are listing this by the glass as well as by the bottle so there’s no excuse not to try it.
Deutz Blanc de Blanc 2007 (In the Centre)
Bright yet pale in colour, the nose is mineral in character with notes of wet stones followed by white flowers, honey and almonds. The palate is smoothly textured but with crisp acidity leading to an elegant and long-lasting finish. This is a fabulous food wine, especially with the lighter, fresher flavours of Spring.
Deutz Rose (Pictured Right)
The colour is deep and beguiling, with the nose equally impressive, its fruit character dominated by cherry, blackberry and the forest-floor. The palate is amazingly poised and elegant, all of its latent red fruit personality perfectly balanced by a lively and refreshing fizz. We love this, as did everybody who joined us for Valentine’s Day!