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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Deutz Blanc de Blancs 1998
Deutz Blanc de Blancs 1998
(search item no. 89252)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a pale gold color with sparkling reflections and a delicate, constant effervescence.

The nose has very refined aromas bringing to mind morning dew and springtime. It is tied together with subtle scents of lime flowers, acacia, hawthorn, and delicate fresh citrus fruit.

On the palate, the attack is fresh and straightforward. The wine develops the same notes as the nose, however there is a stronger presence of fruit and moderate mineral notes.

The finish is beautifully fresh, extending the pleasurable taste of this very elegant vintage.

Food Affinity: Preferably served as an aperitif, it pairs well with oysters, shellfish, sushi, lobster, and white fish. It also goes marvelously with grilled prawn salad and peas or seafood ravioli.

"The nose of Deutz's 1998 Blanc de Blancs brought to mind the sumptuously ripe and juicy Royal Riviera Pears produced and marketed by Oregon's Harry & David. Armed with superb richness and depth, this wine is Puligny-Montrachet-like in its glorious pear and floral flavors. Notes of toasty yeast appear in its exceptionally long, silky finish."
94 Points, Wine Advocate #162
Pierre Rovani

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About Deutz:

Nestled into the slopes of the famous vineyards of Aÿ, France, are the picturesque stone buildings of Champagne Deutz, founded a century and a half ago (1838) by William Deutz and Pierre-Hubert Geldermann. The two immigrants from Napoleonic Prussia — Geldermann, a Champagne salesman, and Deutz, a negociant — opened an office with no vineyards. The cuvées were bought sur lattes, already in the bottle, and were then disgorged, the dosage added and the wines labeled.

When René Deutz and Alfred Geldermann inherited the business from their fathers in the late 1860s, sales of their Champagne had been consistently rising for years. Deutz took its place among the great Houses of Champagne when it became a founding member of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques.

Today, Deutz upholds the traditions of fine champagne-making handed down through five generations. The past and present live contentedly together at Aÿ, merging tradition and technology to create elegant champagnes in the timeless Deutz style.