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William Deutz 2008

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Description & Technical Information
Cuvée William has been the flagship expression of Champagne Deutz for over half a century, since it was first released commercially in 1961. The grapes were pressed and vinified at Deutz’s state of the art winery in Aÿ, with each individual parcel being vinified in its own separate tank.

Champagne Deutz owns 42 hectares of vineyards, which supply 20% of its grapes. The rest of the grapes are sourced from growers, many of whom have been working with Deutz for generations. Grapes are harvested from the Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, and Vallée de la Marne, with over 80% of the grapes coming from vineyards that are rated Premier or Grand Cru.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru; Pinot Noir: 62% - Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay & Verzenay - Chardonnay: 34% - Avize & le Mesnil-sur-Oger - Meunier: 4% - Pierry
Grape Varieties: 62% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay & 4% Meunier
Disgorged: June 2019
Dosage: 8.8 g/l
Lees Ageing: 10 years
Alcohol: 12%
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: The distinct Deutz nose, a combination of chalky character & smoky reductive notes, below this lies a lot of fruit, pear, bright red apple, grapefruit and pineapple with spice. The ten years lees ageing has broadened the mouth feel and texture and other fruit come through like quince and dark red cherry. There is a richness to the fruit and lovely texture and my fellow taster used a term “there is a lovely flow through the palate” it does move through flowing across your palate. There is freshness from acidity, guessing most or all goes through malolactic since its gentle for a 2008. Tasting 10 minutes later there is more citrus like spiced lemon and bitter orange. At the time I tasted it I didn’t know the grape blend and noted “probably mainly PN & 30% Chardonnay” and that turns out to be roughly true and that was the taste experience. Has great finesse and tension with lightness and salinity to finish. I think for today I rate 18+/20 allowing room for an extra half point perhaps over time. Nick Baker 29th November 2020.
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Expert Reviews
Anne Krebiehl MW
“If there were such a thing as salty red apple flesh, this would be it. There is an exquisite combination of fruit and chalkiness, of generosity and stone that is immediately evident on the nose. The palate has all the poise of 2008, all of the freshness and sense of eternity. Air allows notions of salted, roasted cashew to appear while the finish speaks of precision, linearity and depth. A class act.”
93 → 95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Cuvée William Deutz carries the 2008 vintage’s signature of elegance and vivacity. It seems to be so slowly ageing with its youthful, crunchy red apple fruitiness that comes with refreshing sweet lemon, baked pear and vanilla notes. There is lightness and drive to the lacy and fruit-packed palate. A smart and age-worthy vintage of Cuvée William Deutz.”
Jancis Robinson MW
“Very mouth-filling and more lifted and lacy than the 2011 Amour de Deutz. A hedonistic aperitif? I can just imagine sinking into a red velvet seat in Paris with a glass of this. A very light touch on the ageing button… Drink 2021 – 2027
James Suckling
“This is incredibly long and beautiful. It’s full-bodied, but comes across with so much finesse and complexity. It goes on for minutes. Compressed with very fine phenolics. One for the cellar.”
“A high proportion of Pinot Noir gives this Deutz prestige cuvée richness as well as a strong green fruit character. Citrus, green apples and intense acidity underpin this finely understated wine. ”
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