Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Brut Reserve
*Very Good Value* From Limoux, but without Chenin Blanc in the blend it can't be called Crémant de Limoux. Full bodied, showing some lovely development with a neat bead. Mouthfilling citrus tang, and very satisfying. Would put many champagnes to shame, quite frankly. (TC)
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 of France, 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.