2013 Jean-Louis Denois "Les Garrigues" Vin d'Pays D'Oc

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Does Jean-Louis Denois ever fail to impress us? So far, this talented winemaker has an exceptional track record with K&L customers and staff alike. Denois' latest offering is this nifty little red that seriously over-delivers in the price-quality ratio department. The 2013 "Les Garrigues" is composed of Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It exhibits a gorgeous pomegranate color, with fresh aromas of small red berry fruit and delicate hints of spice box. Subtle notes of tobacco leaf and licorice provide extra dimension that belie this incredibly modest price tag. The cooler Languedoc vineyards from which this fruit is sourced undoubtedly contribute to its more modest alcohol level, making it very food friendly too! Enjoy a glass or two now and over the next few years with roast pork, grilled quail or seared ahi tuna with tapenade!

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2015 | Send Email
Every wine that I have had from Denois has been very good. The 2013 continues this line up of hits. Besides being reasonably priced, it is delicious and will go well with food or will be enjoyable alone. There are interesting and inviting aromas of red fruits with subtle savory undertones. In the mouth, this theme continues with red fruit flavors and some savory notes. The Denois Les Garrigues is a little rustic but well worth a try.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
This mélange of various grape varietals reminds me of the great wines of Sean Thackrey. His rugged individualism is mirrored in the wines of Jean-Louis Denois. Both men hesitate to follow conventional rules and both feel their way through their wines rather than follow the standard playbook. The "Les Garrigue" reminds me of the Thackrey's kitchen sink blend - Pleiades. "Les Garrigue" is a blend of Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc that feels like it could only be produced in the wine region Limoux, which is better known for its sparkling wines. And that's how Jean-Louis rolls. Lovely aromas of red and black fruit, spice from the syrah comes through, crushed herbs from the cabernet franc permeate the wine. Black cherry, currants and blackberries. There's a lot going on here. One major difference between the "Les Garrigues" and the "Pleiades" - this is only $11.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.1