Pommery, Ellner, Boizel, Lanson & Philipponat- we’ve been exposed to the Crème de la crème of the Champagne region in the past 4 days. Our last stop before departing is a visit to Deutz in Aÿ, an unfamiliar house despite being an avid champagne enthusiast.
Founded in 1838 by William Deutz with Pierre-Hubert Geldermann, both wine merchants from Germany. Deutz, a negociant and Geldermann, a Champagne salesman were convinced that great wines began with quality plots. Their knowledge in technical expertise, knowledge of the champagne markets developed their house as an international powerhouse.
Sonia greeted us at the front and showed us through the private mansion of Deutz. The salon was breath-taking, lavish with oriental influences. The british rose garden outside leads to Boulevard du nord, the street where the Champagne riots began in 1911. Across the boulevard is the entrance to their vineyard, 5km of underground limestone cellars and state of the art bottling machinery.
Sonia points out that Aÿ is located in the heart of Champagne, and that it word appears in Epernay, Avernay, Ambonnay and Vouvnay for a very logical reason.
Epern-ay : meaning after Aÿ, on the right
Avern-ay : before Aÿ, to the left
Ambonn-ay : on top of Aÿ
Vouvn-ay: in the direction of Aÿ
The tour ends with the candle lit steps to the tasting room and their Champagnes reflect the quality and finesse of it’s history.
- Amour de Deutz 2007
blanc de blanc
honey almond notes
balanced and sophisticated
- William Deutz
60% Pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier
aromas of caramelised fruit with warm toast overtones
good length, aromatic and a fruity end.
- Deutz Rosé millésiné 2012
85% Pinot noir, 15% Chardonnay
light plum and raspberry notes with hints of ginger