De Sousa


Reserve Brut|Blanc de Blancs|NV

Winemaking

Winemaking


30% Reserve Wines Biodynamic

Earth

Earth


Mineral Chalk

Foods

Foods


Nougat Lemon Curd

Nut

Nut


Almond

Avize

Avize

What to expect


You are looking at a 100% Grand Cru chardonnay coming from excellent sites in Avize, Oger,  Les Mesnil Sur, Oger, Cramant & Chouilly. All of De Sousa wines are certified Organic and Biodynamic with careful consideration to their soil and manual handling of grapes at harvest. 

If you enjoy champagne that has charm and vibrant, fresh appeal, then keep reading. This has ripe citrus fruit with clear-cut minerality and a textural richness underpinned by older vines (around 45 years). We love wines like this because they are easy to enjoy and they truly deliver. Think along the lines of nougat, almond, lemon-curd with herbal notes.

The base vintage is from the 2014 harvest with between 25-30% reserve wines added. Dosage sits at a reasonable 7 g/L. This remains unfined and unfiltered so a small deposit may occur.

Bottled: 27 / 07 / 2016 Disgorged: 26 / 01 / 18

Emperor is proud to be the import partner for this exceptional house.

$109.00

Club Price $103.55 (?)

Winemaking

Winemaking


30% Reserve Wines Biodynamic

Earth

Earth


Mineral Chalk

Foods

Foods


Nougat Lemon Curd

Nut

Nut


Almond

What to expect


You are looking at a 100% Grand Cru chardonnay coming from excellent sites in Avize, Oger,  Les Mesnil Sur, Oger, Cramant & Chouilly. All of De Sousa wines are certified Organic and Biodynamic with careful consideration to their soil and manual handling of grapes at harvest. 

If you enjoy champagne that has charm and vibrant, fresh appeal, then keep reading. This has ripe citrus fruit with clear-cut minerality and a textural richness underpinned by older vines (around 45 years). We love wines like this because they are easy to enjoy and they truly deliver. Think along the lines of nougat, almond, lemon-curd with herbal notes.

The base vintage is from the 2014 harvest with between 25-30% reserve wines added. Dosage sits at a reasonable 7 g/L. This remains unfined and unfiltered so a small deposit may occur.

Bottled: 27 / 07 / 2016 Disgorged: 26 / 01 / 18

Emperor is proud to be the import partner for this exceptional house.

About the House

About the House


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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. Total annual production is around 120,000 bottles.  

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