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April in Champagne is Tasting Month, or at least Tasting Week.

If you're in the wine trade than make sure you're here in mid -April for a series of great events.

In this short video you can get a glimpse of what it's all about and listen to Charlotte De Sousa as she talks about some of her champagnes.

De Sousa is an organic and biodynamic producer from the village so Avize. They have recently announbced two new cuvées: one called Mycorhize which you can see in this video and another cuvée to be launched in September called Umami. You can learn all about that one in the next video, coming soon

All the best from Champagne

 

Polka-225Little by little you can see attitudes and practices changing every year in Champagne and more and more attention being given to looking after the environment.

Erick De Sousa was one of the very first to adopt these practices and he even goes as far as using bio-dynamic viticulture which involves, amongst other things adapting the work in the vineyards to the phases and rhythms of the moon.

Not surprisingly his influence has rubbed off on his children and they too are keen environmentalists when it comes to producing the family's now brand called Zoémie De Sousa.

In this video you can see them ploughing the vineyards with the help of two huge Ardennes horses called Pagasus and Polka.

 

Zoemie Logo for web siteErick De Sousa has already won dozens of accolades and established a stellar reputation for his bio-dynamic champagnes. 

The houses is based in Avize, one of the 6 Grand Cru villages in La Côte des Blancs, so not surprisingly Blanc de Blancs champagnes form the majority of the De Sousa range although the entry point to De Sousa champagnes is their cuvée Tradition which is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Pnot Meunier.

Recently however a new name and a new brand has been added to the De Sousa stable; it's Zoémie De Sousa and this new brand is managed by Erick's two daughters and son.

The grapes come from two hectares belonging to close friends of the family; close in the personal and geopgrahic sense so that the quality of viticulture in those hectares is well known to the De Sousas. The vines aren't certified as bio-dynamic, but since Erick himself looks after many aspects of the vinification you can be sure that the quality of the champagnes is top notch as well.


In this video Charlotte De Sousa introduces the new brand and the champagnes in the range.

If there are any champagne importers watching this video you may be interested to learn that Charlotte is looking for importers in several markets, so do get in touch if you'd like to discuss the possibilities.

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