Created for the Champagne Deutz Press Kit.
Five Generations of Excellence
Nestled into the slopes of the famous vineyards of Aÿ, France are the picturesque stone buildings of Champagne Deutz, founded a century and a half ago by William Deutz and Pierre-Hubert Geldermann. Today, the great-great-grandson of the original Deutz upholds the traditions of fine champagne-making handed down through five generations.
Champagne Deutz was founded in 1838 as Deutz & Geldermann. The two immigrants from Napoleonic Prussia — Geldermann, a Champagne salesman, and Deutz, a negociant — opened an office with no vineyards. The cuvées were brought sur lattes, already in the bottle, and were then disgorged, the dosage added and the wines labelled.
Maison Deutz & Geldermann did well, and when René Deutz and Alfred Geldermann inherited the business from their fathers in the late 1860s, sales of their Champagne had been consistently rising for years. Alfred Geldermann later married René’s sister, Marie Deutz, strengthening teh bonds of partnership.
During the second Empire, Deutz took its place among the great Houses of Champagne when it became a founding member of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques. It was also the second generation who commissioned architect Edmond Lamy to design the buildings and cellars still in use today.
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