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Since 1838 Deutz has been based in the Grand Cru village of Ay, just west of Epernay. By the late 19th Century Deutz became a much sought after Champagne consumed by many heads of state and royalty. In 1983 the Rouzaud family, owners of Louis Roederer, purchased Deutz and installed the talented Fabrice Rosset as the CEO. The Deutz style continues to be understated, refined, and made to exacting standards. In addition to their property in Ay, Deutz has acquired vineyards in the Cotes des Blanc and have secured long term contracts with their grower partners, all of which practice sustainable vineyard management. Mr Rosset was responsible for engineering the success of Roederer's premium cuvee Cristal, and has introduced his own line of prestige cuvees, Amour de Deutz.
Inspired by the bronze cherub from which it derives its name, Amour de Deutz is a rare and outstanding cuvée. It needs the Champagne fairies to light up the year’s skies and wave their magic wand over the cradle of the Chardonnay to ensure that, once pressed, vinified and blended with heart and passion, the alchemy of the terroirs gives birth to the Harmony that is synonymous with Love. Amour de Deutz is a subtle, delicate and enchanting wine with a seductively pure and pristine appearance.
The cuvée Amour de Deutz is a unique and divine expression of the Chardonnay. For me, it reflects the quintessence of the varietal. […] It is the perfect wine to complement unforgettable moments of tasting pleasure. – Pierre Hermé, World’s Best Pastry Chef 2016, Academy of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, France
Champagne Vintage 2011 / Pinot noir especially stood out this year, while pinot meunier was a ected partly by attacks. The winter came unusually early, in November of the previous year, but a mild late spring still led to a owering in May. The blending wines still have a fairly thin structure and a disturbing tone of bubblegum. Actually, this was one of the few autumns I have been present at harvest. I went around and made unannounced visits here and there. The strongest impression and question mark was actually the huge amount of invasive ladybugs that were caught in the presses and left a nasty, urine-saturated stabbing scent in the press houses. Will this leave an impression? I fail to see it disappear given how strong it was. Apart from that, I will never forget it was 86°F and the autumn sun radiant, when we celebrated with a magnum and reworks into the wee hours in Moulin de Verzenay.
by Richard Juhlin