You can throw any and all preconceptions out the window Ė this wine is hands down one of the finest French ďchampagneĒ style wines being produced in the under $25 class. A reserve blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (like the regular Tradition, which is also quite good), the definition and poignancy Denois obtains in this wine for $16+ is nothing short of bizarre. I'm not going to say itís 1971 Lanson Red Label but itís a darn terrific drink that you can serve without pretense or worry to just about any crowd. From the wonderful mousse to the very long finish, itís tough to argue with so many of the comments and accolades that Denois has earned over the years. The proof is in the bottle..or should I say, the bubbles?
If nothing else, this wine serves notice that Limoux is indeed on to something very interesting and worth much greater study (or imbibement).
Hereís the community link to the regular Tradition, I donít believe the Reserve bottling has ever been in the US (if the comments are this good for the regular bottling, wait until you taste the upper end wine)http://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=Notes&szSearch=denois+tradition
For further proof of the wineryís success, you can read David Schildknecht's WA comments on the regular Blanc de Blanc (an $8 wine) or see Jancis Robinsonís recent review from last month (I believe this wine received a 16.5 or 17.0 Ė a better result than many of her Champagne reviews!)