Monday, November 25, 2013

Great sparkler....

We are very excited about these Sparkling wines for the holidays...
Jean Louis Denois makes his amazing sparkling in Limoux, which is best known for its Blanquette de Limoux, made from Mauzac grape. Jean Louis felt that the Mauzac grape was inferior and ripped all of his out to plant traditional Champagne grapes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to make a better sparking wine!

Jean Louis Denois Brut Chardonnay....$19.99
"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!" -- The Wine Advocate

Jean-Louis Denois is a troublemaker – for example, he battled the French authorities for the right to plant Riesling in the Languedoc – and we all know that a lot of good (though in his case no right to Riesling) can come from troublemakers.

Jean Louis Denois Rose Sparkling...$21.99
This wine is a rosé de presse, where the red grapes are pressed just until the right amount of color is extracted. This technique lends itself to producing serious, structured sparkling rosés.
 This is a very sophisticated, structured, and complex sparkling rosé. The quality of this wine greatly exceeds what many people would expect from this region, which is better known for its large volumes of bulk sparkling wine. Denois’ Pinot Noir Brut Rosé is pale pink in color, with very fine bubbles. This wine is densely packed with strawberry and cherry fruit flavors, with hints of almond and marzipan. The finish is bright
and crisp. Ideal as an aperitif, this wine is also well suited to foods like tuna, salmon, and roast pork loin.

Jean Louis Denois Brut Classique....$19.99
This is an unusual blend of 30% Chardonnay, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah, 20% Macabeu, combines the complexity and richenss of red grapes with the elegance of the white grapes.  The second fermentation takes place in the bottle and the wine spends a minimum of 12 months on the lees before disgorgement.

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