2008 Jean-Louis Denois Grande Cuvée Limoux

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One of the rising stars of the Languedoc, Jean Louis Denois makes exciting, world-class wines that nonetheless remain amazingly inexpensive. His vineyards sit in the very southwestern corner of France, at the foot of the Pyrenees, and include red, white and sparkling wines. All of the Denois wines are made from perilously low-yielding vines, and vinified with as little interference as possible. The Grande Cuvee rouge, an unusual blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 10% Syrah, displays impeccable richness, however not at the expense of balance. Raspberry, dark chocolate, and hints of damson plum make this a lovely red to enjoy on its own, or as the perfect accompaniment to roast duck or grilled salmon. 14% abv.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/17/2012  | Send Email
Jean Louis Denois succeeds again with this delicious red blend from Limoux. The Grande Cuvee has balanced bright fruit flavors with hints of Bordeaux thrown in the mix. There is also a touch of spice and a nice dry finish. This wine will go great with red meats or even pork.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/30/2012  | Send Email
This is a great deal. A little bit Bordeaux. A little bit Rhone. One heck of a bottle of wine.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/28/2012  | Send Email
An unusual blend of 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 10% Syrah and 10% Grenache. It is quite lush, with black fruits in the front, and dark cocoa in the mid-palate. The finish is smooth and pleasant. "Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving" was ringing through my mind after the tasting. Try it now to prepare! *Note: I re-tried this when we got more inventory back in this last month, and was still swooning. Still showing well- such a complex, dynamic wine. Top on my list of must-haves in the house at all times!*

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2012  | Send Email
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I am just astounded each year as to the incredibleh quality of wines coming from Jean-Louis Denois from his sparkling Brut Tradition to his reds, as this one. And when the costs and prices are taken into consideration, it leaves me in total disbelief in relationship to the price of such wine with the current market. This blend of Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Malbec (10%) and the balance being Syrah is a stunning wine that would rival any Premier Cru Saint Emilion. Medium deep ruby, the opulent nose is rich with the likes of blackberry, mocha, cassis, truffles, and black plum. In its ever expansive, complex mouth impression, this Gem has a wonderful lushness and broadness across the mid-range, with excellent acid structure, integrated silky tannins, and a long, well-focus finish. Rusty has informed me that this superb Gem will be one of our house reds for however long it is available. (nine dog tails wagging)
Drink from 2012 to 2016

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2011  | Send Email
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A unique and delicious blend from a great winemaker - this is fantastic wine for a low price!
Top Value! Drink from 2011 to 2014

 By: Jeff Hotchkiss |  Review Date: 8/17/2012 
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A very solid, versatile, food wine that can go all the way to steak on one end and rich seafood on the other. Musty and earthy on the nose with an even, fruity middle palate and a dry, silky finish. Still felt slightly restrained but went down nicely with roast chicken stuffed with garlic, onion, lemon, and thyme. Great QPR!
Drink from 2012 to 2016

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 14