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    21:57 PM
  • Wine average?

    89 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    773
  • Region Ranking?

    113
  • Popularity ranking?

    177

History

On the family tree there is Manuel, the Portuguese paternal grandfather who arrived in Avize after fighting in the hell of Verdun, his death in 1929 due to war gas, his widow and her daily battle to survive in a dramatically changed world with their four children.

There is also the maternal grandfather, the family sacrifices during five years to not sell a grape which was depreciated during the great viticultural crisis of 1930-1935. There is also Erick’s father, a prisoner of war during the Second World War, send to a work camp in a German salt mine where airplane engines were built.

This old De Sousa vineyard retrieves from the past all the required mineral salts for sustainable hallmark production. It relates the respect for the soil, the love of work well done, perseverance and optimism.

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Vineyards

Production: 70/75 000 bottles DE SOUSA and 30 000 Zoémie DE SOUSA

Vineyard created: before 1890

Surface: 11 Ha

Layout: 42 different lots

Geology: 100% Chalk

Fertilizers: Organic fertlilizers authorized by EC regulations

Pruning: Chablis – Cordon de Royat

Grapes: 30% Pinot Noir – 10% Pinot Meunier – 60% Chardonnay 70% Old vines

Average age of vines: over 45. Grafting : 41 B

Yield per ha: according to the appelation, about 60 hectoliters per ha

Plantation density: 8.000 vines per ha

Plantation of new vines: only when necessary to replace an old one

Antibotrytis treatment: none

Insecticide spraying: only when necessary

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Winemaking

Vinification in coated steel vats preserve the authenticity of the soil. We managed to have one year of stocks for the blendings.

Since 1995, for the old vines (more than 50 years old), vinification is done in small oak barrels to give matter to the wine.

 

Origin of yest: Technical Oenological Center

Fermentation time: 15 to 20 days

Chaptalization: when necessary to obtain 11% vol

Regulation system: immersed cooling coil

Fermentation temperature: 18°C

Vats: Coated steel end barrels

Cuvee wine: 75% in 1992, 100% since then

Filtering: Lightest possible Kiesulguhr

Wine-meaker: Erick De Sousa

Oenological advisor: James Darsonvilles

 

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14 different wines with 25 vintages

Highlights

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 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  56 wines 

The Champagne Magazine's "The 100-Best Champagnes 2022" tasting - Day 2.

1y 27d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  4 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  198 wines 

Wow, the 100 Best Champagnes ranking for 2021 is launched. It was such a pleasure to be part of the tasting panel and experience the great overall quality of all the champagnes. Such a superb line-up from prestige champagnes to non-vintages from Grands Maisons to growers and coops. Where there any surprises? Hell yes, check out the rankings and you'll see!

1y 9m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  47 wines 

100 Best Champagne semifinals continue.... Some great surprises, such as Alfred Gratien Brut Millésime 2007!

1y 11m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  40 wines 

The hard work of assessing hundreds of champagnes for The 100 Best Champagnes 2021 has started! First tasting session behind. Great champagnes with very consistent quality.

2y 19d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  40 wines 

Champagne Magazine's The 100 Best Champagnes 2021 Day 1 -


6 more days to go.

2y 25d ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  67 wines 

Champagne Magazine's The 100 Best Champagnes -tasting day II - best Rosé's and Blanc de Blancs'

4y 4m ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  44 wines 

Champagne Magazine's The 100 Best Champagnes 2018-tasting / Day 1

4y 5m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  77 wines 

“The best Champagnes from 2002 vintage: As in Bourgogne, this is a beautiful and generous vintage with a bright future in store. It
is the rst time that I start to feel a tad old in the game. Because I have tried the vintage before in my life! Yes, the 2002 is so strikingly similar to the 1982 that I think I can predict the vintage’s whole life curve. I believe in a very linear curve without ups and downs. The wine will eventually become more buttery and fatter, with a relatively high acidity, and it will do its job in silence. The wines will reach their top at twenty to thirty years of age. Most promising
so far are many growers such as Egly-Ouriet, Michel Arnould, Pierre Gimonnet & Fils, Jacques Selosse, and Diebolt-Vallois. Amour the Deutz, Piper-Heidsieck, Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs, and Louis Roederer Cristal are pure nectar, but the most intellec- tually challenging are Jacquesson’s vineyard wines Champ Cain and Vauzelle de Terme.”

6y 4m ago

 Martyn Zemavicius, Wine Importer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  13 wines 

“Clos & Cru Birthday Champagne Tasting ”

7y 3m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  5 wines 

“May the Year 2014 be prosperous, joyful and filled with sparkly moments for all friends in the Tastingbook!”

8y 9m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  De Sousa & Fils . In a tasting of  9 wines 

“Love the new Comtes vintage. 2006 is also an excellent vintage for Taittinger. Pic is from Linda's Bday party where we J.L Vergnon Confidence 2007 was paired with some white fish by dalTony :)”

9y 27d ago

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