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Jean-Louis Denois Blanc de Blancs Cremant de Limoux Brut Nature (Sans Soufré)

SKU #1221492 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Denois’s non-vintage Chardonnay Brut Blanc de Blancs. Legally, this “traditional method” wine is merely a vin mousseux, yet it is in fact a tribute to the terroir of Limoux (whose sparkling wine appellation must be based on the local Blanquette de Limoux a.k.a. Mauzac grape, for which Denois evidently has little respect). It will be hard to find a more delicious and interesting sparkling wine for the price. Ripe apricot, grapefruit, blueberries, and lily in the nose lead to an intensely pit-fruited palate that – despite a mere five grams of residual sugar – suggests a hint of sweetness on account of its sheer ripeness. Yet, there are suggestions of saline, chalky minerality here as well, a fine mousse, and a refined finish. This will be easy to guzzle but not to forget. Bravo Denois! (DS)  (8/2008)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2016 | Send Email
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A delectably succulent, unsulfured blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, exhibiting flavors of white pear, figs, juicy apples and zwieback toast, with plenty of racy acidity to cleanse the palate. Remarkable quality in a thirst-quenching, elegant sparkler for half the price of its northern cousins. Jean-Louis Denois is one of the most brilliant winemakers in our corner, and it's always a pleasure to share his glorious wines with our discerning customers. Bon Appetit!
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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
This blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Chenin Blanc qualifies for the appellation in name only. It is an amazing take on sparkling wine with its roasted apple, pear notes and grilled brioche flavors. Jean-Louis believes that the extra brut style, with its higher acidity, will act as the natural preservative the wine needs to develop with no need for any sulfite additions.

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