Erick De Sousa farms 9.2 hectares of vines, but that is spread over 42 plots. Even in Champagne where that type of fractured ownership is par for the course, that is pretty insane to imagine. Moreover, the grand majority of those vineyard sites are old vines up 75 years old, not commonly found in Champagne . Then to top it all off, De Sousa is both Certified Organic and Demeter Certified Biodynamic which is, again, very rare (tragically.) His oldest vine parcels are in Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant, Oger and Chouilly, and he’s been farming them Organically since 1989. He plows the vineyards by horse, keeping them loose and nurturing positive insect diversity in their soils while driving the roots deep into the mineral rich soils. De Sousa Champagnes have a relatively rich body to them, and that is achieved by the ability of these very healthy and naturally low yielding old vines allowing for a later harvest than most Ericks neighbors would dare.