This morning we are delighted to introduce one of the last remaining prestige releases from the truly brilliant 2008 champagne vintage, the 2008 Cuvee William from champagne house Deutz. The Cuvee William is named after the estate’s founder William Deutz and is considered to be the pinnacle of the Deutz expression with the 2008 vintage poised to outshine even the outstanding 2002 vintage as their finest ever release. The public demand for 2008 champagne has been absolutely enormous with nearly every top cuvée selling out within hours, the most recent of which was last month’s 2008 Comtes de Taittinger and we would expect the same fervour for today’s stunning Cuvee William which is available today at £595 per case of 6 IB, an extremely compelling price considering the comparable 2002 is now trading at 12% and more mature vintages such as the 1996 having sky-rocketed to 3 times the price at £1,500 per 6.

World renowned sparkling wine author Tyson Stelzer has singled out the 2008 release in his authoritatively titled,  The Champagne Guide, as one his favourite cuvées from the 2008 vintage, awarding it a remarkable 98 points and describing it as being, “built around depth and breadth, charged with an incredible display of the freshness of Deutz, and elevated and energised by ultra-fine, chalk-rich minerality that attains new heights of expression in this profound season. For all of its contrasts, it crucially maintains seamless persistence of breathtaking lightness. Youthful endurance is declared in vibrant lemon zest and young summer-fruit freshness, quietly touched with depth of brioche, ginger, vanilla nougat and toast. A prominent, mouth-enveloping, silky cloud of chalk dust is the grand highlight of a mesmerising finish, riding a laser-line of acidity of the utmost elegance… One of the greatest Deutz cuvées of the modern era.”
 
The 2008 vintage has also earned its best ever score of 94 points from Antonio Galloni who found it to be, “powerful, rich and intense, with plenty of warm, toasty notes that lend richness to the Chardonnay. Orange peel, candied apricot, pastry and butter notes flesh out in an expressive, layered Champagne to drink now and over the next few years. This is a distinctly rich, tropically-leaning style with considerable Pinot Noir richness. Readers who like big, ample Champagnes will find much to enjoy here” while Stephan Reinhardt of the Wine Advocate admired it as, “a complex, concentrated and chalky bouquet; this leads to a complex, very pure and persistent palate with a lovely oxidative flavor. The finish is clear, fresh, long and very stimulating” bestowing it with 95 points. There is only upside to be found with 2008 vintage champagnes and the Deutz Cuvee William is assuredly a release to purchase in multiple.
 

VintageWAVinousPrice 
20089594£595
20029693£675
20009589£680
19989389£900
19969587+£1,500

 
Deutz, formerly Deutz & Geldermann named eponymously by William Deutz and Pierre-Hebert Geldermann, has a long history of high-quality Champagne making, which dates to 1838 within the village of Ay. The legacy has continued for many generations under the same family ownership until the their acquisition by the Rouzaud family (who also own champagne house Louis Roederer) which lead to the misconception that Deutz was in fact owned by Louis Roederer. As a result, the Rouzaud family made the decision to separate distribution from that of Roederer, while also making significant investment into the brand.
 
During its entire history, the Deutz brand has a very strong following in particular within the UK, where it reportedly exported a staggering 600,000 bottles a year at its peak. It has also become a firm favourite amongst the heads of state and royal courts throughout Europe. In recent years, Deutz has been the Savoy’s house Champagne and can be found on the lists of nearly every top London restaurant. Furthermore, renowned Champagne critic Richard Juhlin holds it in the very highest regard, stating, ‘The property is among the most beautiful in Champagne, and even the wines are very distinguished… One of my absolute favourite houses.
 
Named in honour of the founder, William Deutz, this cuvée is the pinnacle of the Deutz expression, utilising the very best grapes on the estate and releasing only in the very best vintages (on average, one vintage in three). The Pinot Noir grapes which comprise 65% of the blend were sourced from the Grands Crus villages of Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay and Verzenay, while the Chardonnay hails from Avize, Vertus, Chouilly and Villers-Marmery. All the grapes are sent to the winery located in Ay, which are then pressed using Coquard presses, with the free-run juice and first pressing each vinified separately in small stainless-steel tanks. The Cuvee William is aged a minimum of five years in Deutz’ cellars which are located 25 meters underground to ensure ideal conditions of humidity and temperature. The 2008 is remarkable in its sheer power and complexity within the bottle, which are balanced by the trademark energy and finesse of the 2008 vintage. It is an immensely enjoyable cuvee that can already delight but which will continue to unfurl for decades to come.