Press Releases

July 21, 2010

Delas Freres

Champagne Deutz Amour de Deutz 6L Raises $30,000 at Central Coast

AVILA BEACH, Calif., July 21, 2010 — An extremely rare Methuselah of Champagne Deutz Amour de Deutz 1999 was auctioned for $30,000 to generous wine collectors Cole and Jeannie Davis at the 26th annual Central Coast Wine Classic, the July 8-11 premier food and wine event benefiting nonprofits in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The six liter bottle of Amour de Deutz, the house’s Blanc de Blancs Tête de Cuvée, is number 105 of only 365 bottles created from the 1999 vintage, and the only Methuselah of that wine imported into the United States this year.

Made only in years of exceptional quality, Amour de Deutz is a blend of top rated Chardonnay grapes from Grands Crus and Premier Crus vineyards. At Champagne Deutz’s cellars in Aÿ, France, the six liter bottles age in their own chamber, carefully watched over by the house’s experts. Each Methuselah has been engraved with the Deutz cupid, or amour, and comes in a white leather case, a presentation befitting the extraordinary nature of this wine.

Fabrice Rosset, Chairman and CEO of Champagne Deutz and Delas Fréres, was on hand to deliver the bottle to the winning bidders. “I’m really happy that this Methuselah – the fourth one to be auctioned in the world and the first one to reach the shores of America – has fetched so much money for a nonprofit cause,” he said.

Other festivities during the weekend included an exquisite dinner at architectural landmark Hearst Castle prepared by Chef Emeril Lagasse and accompanied by Champagne Deutz Brut Classic magnums and Rhône wine Delas Fréres Crozes-Hermitage “Domaine des Grands Chemins.” At the Champagne Deutz Symposium at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Rosset led 100 guests through a sampling of the house’s vintage and non-vintage offerings.

One of the oldest members of Champagne’s prestigious Grandes Marques houses, Champagne Deutz of Aÿ, France, (www.champagne-deutz.com) has been making distinctive champagnes marked by finesse, elegance and complexity since 1838. The house has upheld the traditions of fine Champagne making handed down through five generations. Owning a significant portion of its own vineyards, Deutz selects only top rated grapes from 275 acres of vineyards in the finest crus of Champagne. The wines are slowly and carefully aged in the chalk-walled cellars far beneath the historic village of Aÿ. Champagne Deutz is part of the Louis Roederer family, which includes Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Pauillac, Deuxième Cru Classé) and Château Bernadotte, Château Haut-Beauséjour and Château de Pez, Domaines Ott in Provence, Maison Delas Frères in the Rhône Valley, Roederer Estate in California and Adriano Ramos-Pinto in Portugal.

The Central Coast Wine Classic (www.centralcoastwineclassic.org) funds grants for nonprofits from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties that support studio, performing and healing arts. In 2010, the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation will award grants to 14 nonprofits.

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For further information, please contact:
Champagne Deutz: Geneviève Jamin Dejoie, Director of Communication, genevieve_jamin-dejoie@champagne-deutz.com / + 33 (0)3 26 56 93 93

U.S. Importer: Maisons Marques & Domaines, (510) 587-2000 / www.mmdusa.net