De Sousa


De Sousa Tradition |Brut |NV

De Sousa

De Sousa Tradition

Brut NV

$89.99

Fine bead, golden in colour, white peach, Williams pear and light accents of stone fruit. The base wine for this is 2014 with a few years in the cellar and fresh release from De Sousa, this is vibrant, energetic with juicy red fruit coming from the pinot noir and soft, supple acidity. There is a generosity to the wine and underlying minerality that provides great length and holds its own.

The Brut Tradition has spent 3 years on lees with 40% of reserve wines and all the fruit is sourced from vines with an average age of 45 years old. All top notch fruit from the Grand Cru villages of Avize, Cramant & Oger for the chardonnay, Aÿ and Ambonnay for the pinot noir and the 'Autre Cru' of Mardeuil for the meunier. To finish this has a dosage of 7 grams per litre and is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier.

You have just seen the tip of the iceberg with this producer as they make very exciting champagnes, more to come.

The De Sousa family are based in the Grand Cru village of Avize in the Côte Des Blancs. Father and Vigneron Erick De Sousa has a Portuguese background and practices Biodynamic viticulture. The family runs just over 9 hectares, most of which in Avize but also in the Montagne de Reims and Ambonnay, also a small vineyard in the Marne Valley - Mardeuil. The main characteristics of De Sousa Champagne are; *'Vieilles Vignes' or old-vine viticulture. *The vineyards are ploughed traditionally by horse and some of the oldest vines go back to the early 1930's. *Full malolactic fermentation. *Extended lees ageing. *Ageing of reserve wines in barrel. Ericks' winemaking philosophy supports later ripening which allows the vines to benefit from the mineral-rich soils. This interaction enables the champagne to develop a palate profile that has abundance and purity and in our view, a remarkable length and finish compared to many other champagnes. 

 

This is really to be enjoyed as an aperitif or with light foods.

About the House

The De Sousa family are based in the Grand Cru village of Avize in the Côte Des Blancs. Father and Vigneron Erick De Sousa has a Portuguese background and practices Biodynamic viticulture. The family runs just over 9 hectares, most of which in Avize but also in the Montagne de Reims and Ambonnay, also a small vineyard in the Marne Valley - Mardeuil. The main characteristics of De Sousa Champagne are; *'Vieilles Vignes' or old-vine viticulture. *The vineyards are ploughed traditionally by horse and some of the oldest vines go back to the early 1930's. *Full malolactic fermentation. *Extended lees ageing. *Ageing of reserve wines in barrel. Ericks' winemaking philosophy supports later ripening which allows the vines to benefit from the mineral-rich soils. This interaction enables the champagne to develop a palate profile that has abundance and purity and in our view, a remarkable length and finish compared to many other champagnes. 

 

Food suggestion

This is really to be enjoyed as an aperitif or with light foods.

Winemaking


Biodynamic Biodynamic Producer

Earth


Mineral

Foods


Patisserie

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Stone Fruit


White Peach