De Sousa Champagne - 3A NV
Ships to: DC, VA, CA, ID, NM
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 12.5% ABV
Grapes: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Region: Côtes de Blanc & Montage de Reims, France - Champagne AOC
50% Avize, a village classified as a Grand Cru Chardonnay, located at the heart of the Côte des Blancs, a terroir where the purest chalk in all of Champagne, composed of belemnite, is found. These fossilized shells dating back millions of years lend freshness, minerality and finesse to these wines which stand out for their personality.
For this cuvée, we have made a selection of grapes grown on over 50-year-old vines, and have vinified them carefully in 225-litre oak barrels.
25% Aÿ, a village classified as a Grand Cru Pinot Noir, located where the Marne Valley meets the Mountain of Reims. The slopes' unique, full southern exposure and irregular topography allow the Pinot Noir grape to express its aromas of ripe fruit while allying power and finesse. These old vineyards are still planted with old varieties of Pinot Noir that produce small fruit with unique aromas. This historic village boasts sedimentary and limestone soils in which there is a high proportion of chalk.
25% Ambonnay, a village classified as a Grand Cru Pinot Noir, located on the Mountain of Reims, a vast, forest-covered plateau where the grape vines are planted in chalky soils. The forest plays the role of balancing the cold, evening air that descends onto the plain with the warm air produced during the day that rises toward the summit.
We have chosen to maintain our vines that were there planted in the 1950s. They have low yields but the grapes show greater maturity and more concentration.Unlike Chardonnay, a fragile, delicate varietal, Pinot Noir is vigorous and is well-adapted to limestone soils to yield wines that stand out for their power and consistency and are well-supported by good structure. The aromas are very elegant, boasting highly sought-after red berry notes. Avize, Aÿ, and Ambonnay are the only three villages in Champagne classified as Grand Cru whose name begins with an "A". This explains how this cuvée got its name, but what makes it unique is its composition of 50% Chardonnay from Avize blended with 50% Pinot Noir from Aÿ and Ambonnay.
Two varietals, three Grands Crus that each lend their own personality to the cuvée.
Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. The word pine alludes to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates. Pinot noir is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management. The thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lends pinot to producing mostly lightly colored, medium bodied and low tannin wines that can often go through phases of uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wine ages, pinot has the potential to develop more vegetal and "barnyard" aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.
Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used in the production of white wine. The Chardonnay grape itself is neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the wine being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France, to New World wines with oak and tropical fruit flavors. In cool climates, Chardonnay wine tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear. In warmer locations, the flavors become more citrus, peach, and melon, while in very warm locations, more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with buttery mouthfeel and hazelnut notes.
Champagne is always perfect for pairing with any food. Best pair with:
- Triple cream cheese or sweet bread and mascarpone cheese
- Butter cream sauce or even buttered popcorn
- Shrimp and shellfish, smoked salmon, caviar, fried calamari, and oysters.
- Salami, veggies, stuffed mushrooms, egg dishes, foie gras.
- Oysters rocafella
- Grilled chicken breast with grapefruit glaze
- Poached eggs with parmesan and smoked salmon toast
- Chilled peach soup with fresh goat cheese
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