|Grapes||Chardonnay, Macabeu, Carignan|
Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Macabeu with Carignan Noir this is a subtly delicate colour hints of pink from the briefest skin contact. Bright and delightfully fresh fruit make this a very appetising sparkler, perfect for any occasion. L&S (May 2011)
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Denois' new sparkling wine is a surprising blend of Chardonnay, Macabeu, Carignan and Syrah, which gives it a lovely pale pink tinge and floral summer red fruits. Vivaciously fresh and much more classy than its price suggests. Steven Spurrier
The South of France is not the most obvious place to look for good sparkling wine, but the vineyards of Limoux have been making fizz since long before the Champenois. Jean-Louis Denois, originally from Champagne, spotted the potential of the Limoux terroir and moved to the region. He was not, however, a fan of Mauzac – the grape variety behind the region's speciality, Blanquette de Limoux – and ripped out the vines, replacing them with the more familiar Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Despite being such a long way south, the clay and limestone vineyards are at altitude (200 to 400 metres) helping to retain the freshness required for sparkling wine production. A busy character, Jean-Louis studied in Beaune and worked in wineries in California, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa before finding his calling in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
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