Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2002
Vintage from Champagne, France
Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The color is fine and bright, showing a pale golden hue with bronze tinges. A forward nose shows deliciously ripe aromas. Hints of flowers mingle with the main aromas of fresh pastry. The first impression is clear-cut, and the wine continues, fresh and lively, in an elegant mode. The flavors are very pure and evoke white peaches, small berry fruit and grapefruit. The finishing notes are lingering with a distinctly mineral edge. This is a wine to be drunk now for those who like Chardonnay, but it also can be cellared for a while.
This makes an ideal aperitif drink. It would also make a good match for dishes such as marinated salmon and scallops, roquette salad with sea-food, sole cooked with citrus fruit and a light vanilla sauce, oysters, or sushi.
"This vintage blanc de blancs is very much in the relatively rich, but also elegant Deutz style. The almost tropical white fruits are balanced with vibrant, fresh acidity, and topped with a soft aftertaste that lingers with almonds and toast."
"100% Chardonnay. This lovely Blanc de Blancs pretty much defines the genre. It is at once toasty, rich, chalky, citrusy, vital and well-integrated. Its bubbles are on the smallish, refined side and its long, crisp flavors quietly pile layer upon layer of nuanced complexity. We could drink this one from Monday to Sunday. Bring on the oysters."
"The 2002 Brut Blanc De Blancs is an elegant, refined wine with layers of silky, perfumed fruit that blossom with notable purity and class. With air, notes of smoke, minerals and spices emerge to round out this beautifully poised Champagne. Other lots have shown a more masculine side to this wine, but this bottle is especially sublime. The 2002 Brut Blanc De Blancs should continue to develop nicely in bottle for years to come. Deutz’s Chardonnay comes from Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Viller Marmery. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2022."
The Wine Advocate
"Scents of bread dough and yeast with light floral notes. Tart lemon and lime fruit with a good backing of citrus-laced acidity. Drying, crisp close has delicate citrus structure."
The Wine News
"Light vivid yellow with a frothy mousse. Vibrant citrus fruit and pith aromas are underscored by gentle lees and spicy minerality. Brisk but filled in, offering ripe orange and quince flavors, a gently chewy texture and a spicy snap to the close. Give this at least a few years to move past the primary stage."
International Wine Cellar
"A touch cheesy in aroma, leading to lemon verbena, floral and pastry flavors. Displays finesse and intensity, with a lively structure. Best from 2009 through 2020. 350 cases imported."
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