Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2004
The ethereal style that is the Deutz hallmark is shown to great effect in this apple-fresh Blanc de Blancs. There is a wonderful series of the crispest flavors allied to citrus and a tight texture.
Firm and juicy, with a creamy mineral undercurrent to the flavors of yellow pear, light pastry, candied lemon zest, apricot and spice set on refined texture. Well-focused, with a lovely finish that echoes the fruit character. Drink now through 2024. 170 cases imported.
The 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs emerges from the glass with exotic beauty in its fruit. This rich, multi-faceted Champagne possesses dazzling complexity, with endless layers of fruit and a beautifully chiseled finish. This, too, is a fabulous effort from Deutz. The estate’s Blanc de Blancs is made principally from vineyards in Avize and Mesnil, with 20% coming from vineyards in Villers Marmery, Oger, Cramant and Oger. This is Lot: LA108D1998, disgorged July, 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.
Pale gold. High-pitched, mineral-driven aromas of candied lime, lemongrass, chamomile and chalky minerals, plus a suggestion of green tea. Bright, incisive and impressively pure, offering silky citrus and floral flavors underscored by dusty minerality and a touch of bitter pear skin. This is a baby but shows excellent potential, with strong finishing thrust and creamy persistence. I'd keep my hands off this for at least a few years. 92(+?) points.