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Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2002

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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12% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

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.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
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.
CG 93
Connoisseurs' Guide
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.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
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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Deutz, , France - Other regions
Since 1838, CHAMPAGNE DEUTZ, one of the oldest members of the former and prestigious Association of Grandes Marques, has been making champagnes of a distinctive style characterised by a perfect harmony of finesse, elegant vinosity and complexity. Sourcing from more 245 hectares (approx. 600 acres) of vineyards, amongst the finest of Champagne’s crus, as well as a rigorous selection of the choice bunches, allow Deutz to use only top quality grapes. The wines are slowly and carefully aged in the cool hush of the 3 kilometres of the House cellars which have been carved in the chalky soil of the famous historic village of Aÿ. The “DEUTZ trio Prestige” comprises three prestige cuvées, each with its very distinct personality. Cuvée William Deutz is made from the best pinots and chardonnays; Cuvée Amour de Deutz is composed uniquely of the finest chardonnays; finally there is Cuvée William Deutz Rosé. In each of these styles, Maison DEUTZ shows the full extent of its know-how and its attachment to precise, finely tuned wines. DEUTZ champagnes are distributed all over the world in first class restaurants, fine food shops and specialized wine shops.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

CGM5979_2002 Item# 99745

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