Champagne in a nutshellChampagne wines are not cheap, certainly, but when you consider what it takes to produce a bottle of Champagne you will begin to appreciate the real value for money that can be found: French appellation regulations tightly control every aspect of Champagne production. This can range from the grape varieties, designated plots of land and fermentation methods to labelling - and more besides! Only sparkling wine produced in this region, following strict methods, can be legally called “Champagne”. Such tight controls make the production of Champagne very expensive, from secondary fermentation in the bottle to highly intensive labour and aging and storage costs. The elegance, finesse and vibrancy of fine Champagne is second to none, though it has many competitors from around the world; French crémants (such as Crémant de Loire, Crémant de Bordeaux and Crémant de Bourgogne), Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain and the sparkling wines of the new world. Many come close, but none can match Champagne. One of the most exciting producers today is Deutz Champagne, a legendary house with a rich history and making excellent Champagne in different styles and at many different price points.
History of Deutz ChampagneDeutz is an historic Champagne house that was founded in 1838 in Aÿ by partners William Deutz and Pierre-Hubert Geldermann, a pair of wine merchants from the Aix-la-Chapelle region. Originally known as Deutz Geldermann, it was later rebranded simply as Deutz Champagne. The house remained under the ownership of the founders’ families until 1983, when it was bought by the owners of Champagne house Louis Roederer, the Rouzaud family. This new ownership allowed for investment and restoration, as well as international expansion and partnerships to make non-Champagne sparkling wine in other countries. Deutz Champagne has partnered with a number of new world wine producers including Montana Wines in New Zealand, and Beringer Wine Estates in California.
Deutz Champagne TodayThe expert winemakers at Deutz have mastered the art of blending, and almost 80% of their wines come from Champagne’s prestigious Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages – historic sites such as Aÿ and a number of plots within the renowned Côte des Blancs. The Deutz cellars sit between 80 and 160 feet underground and house a veritable treasure trove of fine Champagnes. The house of Deutz now resides within the Louis Roederer portfolio of fine wine brands, alongside such esteemed names as Bordeaux vineyards Château de Pez and Château Haut-Beausejour, Domaines Ott in Provence and Ramos Pinto Port in Portugal.
The Wines of Deutz ChampagneLike most great Champagne houses, Deutz produces a wide range of different Champagne styles. Some favourites include Deutz Brut Vintage, Deutz Rosé Vintage and Deutz Blanc de Blancs, made exclusively from the Chardonnay grape. Vintage Champagnes are not produced every year, however. A vintage is declared in Champagne only in truly excellent years, and so vintage Champagnes are rare and quite expensive. Non-vintage Champagnes, a blend of wines from multiple vintages to achieve a consistent style, offer an excellent alternative – usually at a more favourable price!
Deutz Champagne Brut ClassicDeutz Brut Classic is a non-vintage Champagne that is highly typical of the Deutz Champagne house style. A classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, giving the wine perfect balance. It has a brilliant gold colour with lively, fine bubbles. On the nose it is rich with floral and toasted notes. On the palate, it is fresh and vibrant with mouth-watering acidity and some generous fruit. Deutz Brut Classic Champagne is a perfect aperitif wine and, like many Champagnes, is surprisingly versatile with food. Pick up a bottle and pair it with one of the following dishes:
- Fresh oysters, a classic combination
- French-style fruits de la mer, a mixed plate of fresh seafood including shrimp, sea snails and crab
- Creamy cheeses such as mozzarella and burrata pair beautifully with the tingling acidity of Deutz Champagne