Guest Blog from Owner, Nadia Zilkha: Back to our roots at Champagne Deutz

Eric, Dave, Lino and I have arrived in France for a week. It was quite a challenge arranging visits with various wineries in Burgundy and Champagne. Some wineries were obviously more receptive than others, some were just not able to accommodate us as they didn’t have enough wine due to short back to back vintages. Still after some to-ing and fro-ing, we are now here and have a packed and exciting schedule.

Superior customer service is definitely what we’ve experienced so far in Champagne. The lovely Sonia de la Giraudiere greeted us at Champagne Deutz this afternoon and showed us round the facility that is our alma mater. Built in the 1830s by Wilhelm Deutz the house has obviously been renovated but is beautifully old fashioned and tasteful. The wine cellar has been expanded twice over the last few years and it houses an impressive 350 vats, some large, some small thereby allowing each parcel of grapes to develop separately.

We were already familiar with the round Coquard press in the cellar, it’s just like ours, and we envied the newer automated press that they bought three years ago.

Descending 55 meters below ground and looking at all the bottles aging in the huge 3 km cave was the piece de resistance. The chalk residue on the walls was damp to the touch, and it was fascinating to see the cross section of limestone under the rather shallow top soil.

There’s so much more to tell but I will end by saying that we tasted four sparking wines at Deutz and each one of us liked a different one. I was partial to the fresh and vivacious Deutz Rose NV whereas Lino liked the aged Cuvee William Deutz 2000, an opulent sparkling wine with flavors of honey and almonds. Eric liked the Brut Classic and Dave thought the Brut Millesime 2007 was a great wine.

Our evening ended with dinner at the incredible L’Assiette Champenoise, a 3 star Michelin restaurant. I could write so much about our meal but it’s late over here and I need to get ready for more wine and food tomorrow!

Bonne nuit!

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