Last week, I finally made it over to the Champagne region in Northern France. Having wanted to visit for a number of years now, I’m pleased to say that my trip didn’t disappoint. On the last day of our 4 day visit, Mr O’T and I were invited over to the pretty French village of Ay for a private tour of Champagne Deutz.
Dubbed as one of the unsung heroes of the wine world, Champagne Deutz is one of the oldest members of Champagne’s prestigious Grandes Marques houses and has been making distinctive Champagnes since 1838.
The estate isn’t open to the public, so to be invited into the founder’s family estate was a real privilege.
Founded by German business partners William Deutz and Pierre-Huber Geldermann, Champagne Deutz has been family run for almost 200 years.
With 42 hectares of vineyards in Ay and Haute Vallee de Marne, the estates wines continue to win international recognition for their elegance, purity and clarity. They are also considered to be one of Champagne’s best kept secrets and was Queen Victoria’s champagne of choice at her Diamond Jubilee.
More recently, Deutz has undergone a great period of modernisation. In the 1990s, it was taken over by fellow Champagne house, Louis Roederer and in that time significant investment has been made to increase the Champagne production without compromising on quality.
In the 90s, production hovered around the 600,000 mark but today, the Champagne house produces over 2 million bottles per year.
We were lucky enough to get a sneaky peak of the cellars which was absolutely fascinating. If it hadn’t been so cold down there, I could have happily stayed for longer, admiring their vintage champagne collection.
80 percent of Deutz champagnes still come from top vineyards of classified “Grand Cru” or “Premier Cru” villages and over time, the Champagne has built a reputation for the very finest of Vintages.
After a tour of the cellars, we were ushered back to the main house for my favourite part….the Champagne tasting 😉.
We were treated to three different Champagnes across Deutz’ Classic, Trio de Prestige and Vintage range. Each Champagne was of course unique in flavour and really showcased the brand’s elegance. The Blancs de Blancs was my favourite as I relished the crisp finish and subtle hints of lemon. Nevertheless, they were all fantastic Champagnes to try.
We had a fabulous time visiting the Champagne Deutz estate and were saddened to say goodbye. If you haven’t come across Deutz before then I urge you to give their Champagne selection a try.
Have you visited the Champagne region before and are you a fan of Champagne Deutz?
Please note I was a guest of Champagne Deutz however all opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by Champagne.