Over the past couple of years I’ve been blogging about sparkling wines. For a time I blogged about a different sparkling wine on a weekly basis. I’ve gotten away from it in recent months, not because I stopped drinking sparkling wines (I still drink bubbly on pretty much a weekly basis; they’re underrated food friendly wines and, for me, can easily make an otherwise ordinary day, just a little extraordinary. I don’t wait for a special occasion and neither should you!), but rather because after a year and a half of trying a bunch-o sparkling wines from around the world, I’ve found many I enjoy that have become repeat purchases. So it’s been a minute since I blogged about a sparkling wine I haven’t tried before. That brings me to this week’s sparkling wine, Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé, a Crémant from Southern France.
This sparkling wine hails from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, which is considered by many to be to one of the most exciting and innovative in France. It is also widely reputed to be among the most exciting for “bang for the buck” wines in France, especially for sparkling wines from the Limoux. I’ve found several sparkling wines (known as Crémant when it’s produced using the same method using for making Champagne, but not made in the Champagne region of France). It’s a “go-to” region for everyday sparkling wines from France for me.
The producer of this wine, Jean-Louis Denois is a sixth generation wine producer from Champagne, that has brought his experience and expertise to the sparkling wines of Limoux. His vineyards sit at the foot of the Pyrenees, and include red, white and sparkling wines, all made from low-yielding vines, vinified with as little interference as possible.
This is my third wine from Jean-Louis Denois. The Brut Tradition is a perennial favorite sparkling wine for under $20, and last year I bought the 2008 Jean-Louis Denois Vin de Pays d’Oc Les Garrigues, a killer blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec that at $8 had off the chart QPR (easily the best $8 wine I’ve had)!
My tasting notes follow:
Salmon color with a persistent stream of tiny, but dispersed bubbles and faint red fruit aromas. On the palate, it shows a creamy mousse, lively acidity, and strawberry, cherry, and mineral flavors. Medium finish – 87pts
Rating: Recommended – Sparkling Rosé tends to be priced at a premium, and it’s rare to find one made from 100% Pinot Noir, especially at this price point. This wine is a great value and will be a repeat purchase for me!
Pair with: The beauty of sparkling wines is their versatility with food, because of their palate cleansing quality (think scrubbing bubbles;-). I think this one works well as an aperitif, and with food. This would be a great wine for your Holiday dinner, veggie pizza, or Bahn Mi!
The Wine Geek Stuff:
- Alcohol: 12% alcohol.
- Closure: Cork
- AVA: > France> Languedoc Roussillon> Languedoc> Limoux
- Varietal(s): 100% Pinot Noir
- Cooperage: Barrel aged in French and American Oak; 33% new.
- Dosage: Brut
- Retail: $15
- Cases produced: Unknown
- Drink: Now – 2014
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Wine purchased for review
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