N.V. Deutz Brut Classic

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
James Suckling: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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"A bright, creamy and well-knit Champagne, with a smoke-tinged, minerally underpinning and flavors of lemon meringue pie, biscuit and candied ginger. The spiced finish lingers. Drink now through 2019. 163,000 cases made.–AN" (WS)

"Based on 2012 and 45% reserve wines of 2011 and a bit of 2010, the white-golden colored NV Brut Classic is very clear and elegant on the nose; it offers bright fruit aromas and fresh lemon flavors, along with herbal aromas. Light, pure and finesse-full on the palate, this is a pretty mineral and refreshing cuvée with good substance in the finish. A delicious aperitif." (WA)

"A full complement of toasty, autolyzed yeast moves to center stage here, yet this creamy, finely bubbled offering comes with a quiet undercurrent of mildly apple-like fruit as well. The result is a fairly friendly, moderately rich, easy-to-taste Brut that, while properly dry, is not in the least austere, and, when measured against its many non-vintaged Champenoise cousins, it proves to be a bit more complete than most. It is a solid, well-conceived Brut that will not disappoint. Reviewed: December 2016" (CG)

"Lemon pith and yellow grapefruit on the nose. Some very gentle pastry elements, too. The palate is bright, crisp and zesty with plenty of lemon and glacé peach flavor. Drink now." (JS)

"This nonvintage classic is on point with its soft, ripe style. It has just enough maturity to fill out the fruit, with hints of almond and toast. On the palate, attractive bright citrus and green apple flavors dominate." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The most "classical" of the Deutz cuvees is far from mundane. The three different champagne grapes are blended in equal and unchanging proportions, ensuring it shows perfect harmony. Its golden color scintillates in the glass, with a fine stream of bubbles rising gracefully to the surface. The first impressions on the nose are mellow and reminiscent of acacia flowers, confectionery, Reinette apples and brioche. The wine then gains in volume and its silky texture reveals a successful balance between the freshness of Chardonnay, the fruitiness and structure of Pinot Noir and a touch of vinosity from the Pinot Meunier.