2002 Deutz "Cuvée William Deutz" Brut Champagne

SKU #1250450 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Predominantly made from Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and a little bit of Pinot Meunier, the 2002 Cuvée William Deutz Brut Millésimé is another highlight of the estate, if not the appellation. The bouquet of this Millésime is bright, very clear, fresh, aromatic and complex, whereas on the palate this is the quintessence of finesse, subtlety, purity and elegance. Sure, this is a structured wine, but it is made like a perfectly shaped antique Greek statue or a jewel. Everything here is perfectly interwoven and nothing stands out except the whole composition, which is perfectly balanced. The bouquet shows finest caramel and spicy oak notes along with white flowers and fine fruit flavors, whereas the palate of this medium-bodied and linear wine is firmly structured, fresh and absolutely delicate. The finish is pure and elegant, as well as complex and long. I would drink this outstanding Champagne for its own merits. (SR)  (10/2015)

93 points James Suckling

 Attractive freshness and fragrance here with yellow flowers, almond blossom, lemon, grapefruit and dried peaches. Some more savory grilled nutty notes too. The palate's built on a core of fine minerally acidity, almost smoky. The length and polished texture from time on lees is majestic.  (7/2015)

93 points Vinous

 Another open-knit, radiant wine, the 2002 Cuvée William Deutz is quite expressive today. Honey, almonds, dried pears, chamomile, mint and crushed flowers blossom effortlessly. There is plenty of vintage 2002 generosity, especially on the finish, where the wine offers notable richness, creaminess and unctuosity. Already a bit forward, with plenty of vintage's exoticism, the 2002 is probably best enjoyed over the next handful of years. The 2002 is 62% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Mareuil-sur Aÿ, Bouzy, Louvois and Ambonnay), 27% Chardonnay (mostly from Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and 11% Pinot Meunier (from Peirry and Chatillon-sur-Marne). (AG)  (7/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and elegant, with a fine, creamy bead supporting flavors of blackberry pie, clover honey, ground cardamom and glazed apricot. A smoke-tinged, minerally underpinning echoes on the finish. Drink now through 2027.  (12/2014)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.