Jean-Louis Denois Brut "Tradition"

SKU #1025481 Jancis Robinson

 Very honest and a good price....Good value.  (6/ 2009)

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Outstanding sparkling wine from the Languedoc? Absolutely and resoundingly, yes! There may be those who would scoff at the price of this wine, and claim that a sparkling wine set so low could never be worth any serious consideration. Well, we're happy to confidently report a counter-claim: those scoffers are WRONG. One of the rising stars of the Languedoc, Jean-Louis Denois makes exciting, world class wines that remain amazingly inexpensive, on account of his location more than anything else. His vineyards sit in the very southwestern corner, at the foot of the Pyrenees, and include red, white and sparkling examples, all made from perilously low-yielding vines, vinified with as little interference as possible. Denois' Brut Tradition is composed of 50% each Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and spends 18 months on the lees before dégorgement. It is dry, elegant, and long, with notes of hazelnut, red berries and toasted bread. This is one delicious bubbly! 12.5% abv.

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By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/20/2013  | Send Email
As one of the first sparklers that we direct imported from the south of France, Jean-Louis Denois' Brut Tradition has gained quite a following over the past 10 years. Composed of 50% each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and vinified in the traditional method aged 18 months on the lees, this super value sparkling wine can give many wines from Champagne a run for their money!

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2012  | Send Email
Champagne in all but name? Aged 18 months on it lees, just like NV Champagne. Made by a wine maker trained in Champagne. Grapes grown, well not in Champagne but that's why we can sell it for $15! Toasty, nutty and dry with just a hint of red berries. Buy this buy the case and drink it every night.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/19/2010  | Send Email
If you are looking for quality sparkling wine that is produced in the image and style of Champagne but more budget-friendly, try this brut from the Languedoc. Made from classic Champagne grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, harvested at low yeilds to preserve quality, this French sparkler is crisp, dry and refreshing, with green apple and citrus flavors backed by a leesey texture, creamy mouthfeel, and delicate mousse. The finish is long and clean. Perfect for a wedding or other celebratory occasion! Your guests will thank you.

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/14/2009  | Send Email
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Easily our best sparkling wine under $20, this is as close one gets to real Champagne without paying $30. Denois is a brilliant producer, and it shows in the Tradition: a crisp, focused, slightly yeasty, entirely beautiful Southern French sparkler.
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2014

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/9/2008  | Send Email
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We tried this bubbly at a recent staff tasting and it blew me away. A blend of 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir done in the traditional Champagne method, this sparkler from the Languedoc could easily pass itself off for Champagne. It was crisp on the nose and palate with limestone and slate minerality, apple fruit and a generous texture from attack to finish. A recent convert to bubbles, I’m going to keep plenty of this on-hand for impromptu celebrations.

 By: MartinD of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog |  Review Date: 5/25/2011 
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Light straw color. On the nose, bread dough, and apples. Moderately creamy mousse with tiny, delicate, dispersed bubbles that dissipate somewhat quickly. On the palate creamy, dry, and crisp, with good acidity with pear, apple, hazelnuts flavors along with a touch of minerals. Medium finish. Very good QPR. Would buy again!
Drink from 2008 to 2011

 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 10/20/2010 
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Clear, straw color...

The Nose is crisp with notes of minerals, yeast, and just a bit of sour apple...

The palate confirms the minerality of the nose...a bit of fruit, perhaps lime mixes with the same apple notes from the nose...there is also a slight "perfumey" note that I cannot identify and just the faintest bit of orange oil...the bubbles are small and tight, but this wine's acidity seems to show through the effervesence...

the finish is dry and full of green apple essence...

 By: Lisa Disterheft |  Review Date: 2/13/2010 
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My husband was looking for a little celebration after finishing a really tough job. I found this in our fridge, and couldn't remember how much we paid for it. It was fruity, full, with little dryness. I drank far more of it than I would usually do with champagne which I'm not that fond of [usually because it is too dry]. I would have guessed it sold for about $40 -- and finding it's $16, I will be buying a case!

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 5/18/2009 
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We served this sparkler along with the Boillot Cremant Rose to for a wedding cocktail party of 50. The guests were uniformly raving about these wines saying they don't usually receive this kind of wine quality at a large guest asked me if I was able to keep my bottle price under $45! These are exactly the kinds of compliment I hope to hear...and why I shop often at K&L.

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5