2009 Jean-Louis Denois Grande Cuvée Limoux

SKU #1136201

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 Cuvée rouge, an unusual blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 10% Syrah, admirable balance and richness. 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. Since the 2009 vintage the wine is vinfied with 100% organically grown grapes. 14% abv.

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By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2013  | Send Email
J-L Denois' Grande Cuvee is my current go to red wine in the store. I feel like this wine has something for everyone. Notes of rich red fruits and just a hint of black tea notes. Medium bodied with fine tannins and moderate acidity on the finish, the 2009 Grande Cuvee is seemless! Enjoy with grilled tri-tip or braised lamb shoulder.

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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.
Country:

France

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Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 14
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