Champagne Deutz, one of the founding members of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques, was founded by William Deutz in 1838.

Today, Champagne Deutz is owned by the Rouzaud family, who also own Louis Roederer but Deutz operates completely autonomously.

The prestige cuvee, William Deutz, was created in honour of the founder in 1959 an is made from ther finest pressings from top Pinot Noir villages Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay and Verzenay; Chardonnay from Avize, Le Mesnil, Cramant, Villiers and Chouilly; Pinot Meunier from Pierry (Mme Deutz’ family vineyard) and Marne valley plots.

I’ve been a fan of the Cuvee William for some years so was keen to accept a recent invitation to taste a vertical with Deutz’ Chairman and CEO, Fabrice Rosset. The following are my tasting notes:

 

NV Brut Classic

Applesauce, lemon and acacia honey. Much the same on the palate. Vibrant and zesty. Perfectly balanced acidity and ripe fruits. Lovely soft mousse. Delicate styled.

 

2010 Blanc de Blancs

Toasty. Nuts and spicy candies peel. Good underlying grip. Textured and supple. Emphasis on elegance. Long and confident. Drinking perfectly now but potential for 5-8+

 

2012 Brut

Crisp green apples. Focussed and direct impact on palate. More red apple flavour. Ripe and rounded. More weight than the b de b, as you'd expect from the pn. Full and very long indeed. Terrific balance. Now-5+

 

NV Rose

Attractive pale salmon. Plenty of summer pudding fruits. Great grip and focus. Succulent without being overly sweet. Very pure red currant and strawberry. Long and effortless. Hard to spit. Mouth-watering finish. One of the best Nov roses I've had. So drinkable.

 

2009 Rose

Pure and intense strawberry and raspberry. Very ripe and fresh. Juicy and lively. Fragrant and long. More dry extract than the NV, suggests this will improve 5-8+

 

2006 Cuvee William

Oatmeal biscuit and golden syrup. Gorgeous marmalade and Turkish delight flavours, fragrant and complex. Good grip, focus and energy. Long and impressively balanced. Orange character throughout. Lifted and fresh. Now- 15+

 

2002 Cuvee William

Citrus honey and beeswax. Hints of yeast and toast. Utterly effortless and composed. No harsh acidity. Baked lemon cheesecake. Zesty, vibrant and engaging. So pure and refreshing. Showing early signs of development but still worth keeping 10-12+

 

1996 Cuvee William

Muted nose. Blueberry and damson. Supple and ripe. Mouth-filling. So sensual and generous. Sherbet-Like racy acidity. Still exceptionally youthful. Now-10+ easily.

 

1995 Cuvee William

Yeasty, with rose petals. Turkish delight. Creamy and succulent strawberry tart. Generous and vibrant. Racy acidity. Now-10

 

1988 Cuvee William

Candied peel and caramel. Sauternes-like. Luscious and intense. Elegance and power in perfect harmony.

 

2010 Hommage a William Deutz Parcelles d'Ay

Floral aromatic. Ripe apple pie flavour.