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De Sousa Brut Rosé Petite Mousse
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The House De Sousa is located in the town of Avize in the heart of the prestigious Côte des blancs. It was founded by Antoine De Sousa in the 1950s by marriage with a girl from a family of winemakers. Today, Erick De Sousa is one of the most talented winemakers in the region, favoring a sustainable approach to his vineyard to produce authentic and pure Champagnes.
What is the history of Maison De Sousa?
In the aftermath of World War I, Manuel De Sousa, originally from the province of Braga and part of the Portuguese contingent sent to the front, decided to settle in Champagne at Avize with his wife. His son Antoine married Zoémie Bonville, from a family of winegrowers long established in the region. A "success story" that has never ceased to exist. Their son Erick took over in 1986, and showed exceptional talent in raising the vineyard to a level of excellence Rare that has been achieved. Today, he is gradually passing on his heritage and passion to his three children: Charlotte, Julie and Valentin, who will continue to write the pages of history.
What is the terroir of the House De Sousa?
The House De Sousa watches over a vineyard of 9.5 hectares of vines classified as Grand Cru on the Avize on the Côte des blancs. Located between the very qualitative terroirs of Cramant to the north and Oger to the south, Avize has a soil and a subsoil composed entirely of chalk, which allows a perfect drainage of the vineyard and brings freshness and minerality to the vines. Deeply rooted, the vines are also remarkably well oriented, with an East-South-East exposure offering optimal sunshine. The grape variety is 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier.
Having always worked his vines with respect, Erick De Sousa began a conversion of his vineyard and obtained certification in Organic Agriculture in 2010 and Biodynamics in 2013. A state of mind that allows to give the wines always more identity and finesse.
The emblematic vintages of the House De Sousa
The House De Sousa produces several vintages that will allow to celebrate all occasions.
The Extra-Brut Blanc de blancs is an excellent appetizer to understand and appreciate the house's expertise. A precise Champagne, with a floral aromatic dominance and so the bubble is refined, perfect for an aperitif.
The Cuvée des Caudalies Millésimé 2010 is an out of the ordinary Champagne, made from the best parcels, vinified and aged in oak barrels. Round, deep and deliciously aromatic with a dominant of white flesh fruits and spices, it will accompany refined dishes, whether white meats or fish.
How can we not mention the Cuvée Umami 2012, a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from several Grands Crus. Aged in oak barrels, it gets its name from the fact that it leaves a soft, oily sensation on the palate, evoking the fifth flavor described by the Japanese. A Champagne of great complexity, with a unique mineral sensation enabled by the application of biodynamics in the vineyard bringing out this flavor.
Description De Sousa Brut Rosé Petite Mousse.
The Domaine De Sousa is located at Avize in the heart of the Côte des blancs and comprises 42 parcels (9.5ha in total) that stretch across the 100% chalky soils of the Avize communes, Oger, Cramant, Le Mesnil sur Oger for Chardonnay, and the villages of Aÿ and Ambonnay for Meunier and Pinot Noir. The vines, ¾ of which are over 45 years old, are managed according to biodynamic principles (Bio certification in 2010 and Demeter in 2013).
This Brut Rosé is a Rosé blend, but with a very special composition with 92% Chardonnay from Grauves (Premier Cru from the Côte des blancs) and 8% Pinot Noir from Aÿ (Grand Cru from the Vallée de la Marne). The former provide freshness, liveliness, energy and finesse, while the Seconds guarantee the fruity, tart notes of red berries (strawberry, raspberry).
Another special feature, Erick De Sousa has chosen to add a less sweet liqueur for the prise de mousse (Seconde fermentation carried out in the bottle); he thus obtains finer bubbles (4kg pressure instead of 6). In the past, these cuvées were known colloquially as "Petite Mousse". This cuvée, a lovely salmon color with orange highlights, is a pure Rosé, tangy with strawberry and raspberry, but also wild apple and rose. The palate is unctuous yet fresh and balanced, with mineral and white flower flavors (chardonnay) combined with the vigor of raspberry (pinot noir). This Brut Rosé "Petite Mousse", dosed at 6g/L, will pair wonderfully as a dessert with strawberry-raspberry soup with fresh thyme ... or simply as an aperitif with savory crackers.