Méthode Traditionelle Chardonnay-Pinot Noir Brut
|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
|Other||Low-sulphite, Practicing Organic|
Jean-Louis Denois’ sparkling wine from near Limoux, from vineyards planted with Champagne grape varieties. Pinot Noir for body, and floral fruity distinction from Chardonnay. A 'great copy of Champagne' and 'amazing value'. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Champagne method fizz with Champagne-esque grapes and wonderfully great value from southern France. Awash with apple crunch, cinnamon toast depth and fresh and vibrant bubbles. What more could you want at this nifty price?! Rating: 87 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2017)
Made near Limoux, this sparkling wine, fermented by the traditional method and made using chardonnay and pinot noir, is like a sharp little champagne copy. Neat edges, straight sidesVictoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph
Sparkler created by a Champenois who decamped 500 miles south to the Pyrenees, it shows a breeding that outshines both champagne and New World pretenders. (Best of the summer wines article - 14th July 2013)Bob Tyrer, The Sunday Times
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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