Méthode Traditionelle Chardonnay-Pinot Noir Brut
|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
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 (Aug 2017)
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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.
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 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 sides Victoria 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
Dry, appley and satifying, this is a bargain must-buy for every Christmas fridge, and a standout among the many non-champagne sparklers on the market. Nov 2012. Bob Tyrer, The Sunday Times
From Limoux. Pale golden straw. Beautifully made and balanced – just a little fruitier, more opulent and less autolytic than the best champagnes but infinitely better than cheap champagne. GV October 2011 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
Denois is a Champenois by birth, but makes sparkling wines from his base in Roquetaillade, in the Aude department of the Languedoc...this wine is a competent alternative to Champagne, with 50% each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Michael Broadbent MW
With its warm bread-and-honey nose this smells so much like champagne I had to double-check the label to confirm it’s actually made near Limoux. To taste, you might say a touch of rusticity gives away its origin, but I love the generous flavour of red apple, and would buy this by the crate if I were getting married or throwing a party. Amazing value. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph
A 50/50 Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend. Tiny bubbles, bready Pinot-dominated nose, broad fruit with soft maturity and elegance, beautifully made, naturally balanced low 6g/l dosage. Very satisfying. Decanter March 2011 Steven Spurrier
Great value copy of champagne (half and half Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) from the hills around Limoux in the far south west of France. Denois is a maverick but a conscientious winemaker. This highly individual wine is ready to drink, attractively dry and has quite positive fruit. Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
Here is a magnificent wine of a quality rarely attained by French sparkling wine... The wine is fleshy with a rich and vinous body, a nose both powerful and elegant of fruit and brioche, fine and persistent bubbles, a balanced fresh palate with a beautiful finish: Un vin gourmand! La Revue du Vin de France
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