De Sousa

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; Vielles 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 malo-lactic 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 other champagnes.

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