Champagne Deutz has unveiled its participant in the millennium celebrations: a Brut Blanc de Blancs 1993 called Amour de Deutz. Named after the statue of Cupid that stands in Deutz's courtyard in Aÿ, Amour de Deutz consists of the best lots of the house's regular Blanc de Blancs 1993.
The blend consists of Chardonnay from the villages of Mesnil-sur-Oger and Avize, in the Ctte des Blancs, and a small amount of Chardonnay from Villers-Marmery in Montagne de Reims, an area more commonly known for its Pinot Noir.
According to Fabrice Rosset, president of Champagne Deutz, the character of the Chardonnay from Montagne de Reims adds structure to the final blend. Fresh, rich and complex in aroma, Amour de Deutz (not yet rated in a blind tasting) displays a youthful elegance and harmony, with a long finish.
Rosset said the house will add Amour de Deutz to its current lineup of Champagnes, continuing with the 1995 vintage. Deutz only made about 1,250 cases of the new cuvie, which sells in the United States for about $150 a bottle.
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