Jean-Louis Denois inherited his passion for viticulture from his family, in particular from his two grandparents, Louis Dupont and Alfred Denois, both dedicated to the cultivation of vines and the production of Champagne already in the 1930s. After studying winemaking and economics, and gaining experience in South Africa, Jean-Louis decided to create his own wine, Charles de Fère, using the traditional Champagne method but outside the region of the same name.
Thanks to his audacity and determination, Jean-Louis rapidly expands his business, producing half a million bottles a year and buying Pinot Noir vineyards in Roquetaillade, in the Languedoc. Soon, he also becomes the owner of 15 hectares of chardonnay and starts the production of the first Languedoc Pinot and Limoux Chardonnay which stand out for their quality and particularity, attracting international attention.
Jean-Louis loves his vines and knows them all personally, thus guaranteeing their quality and preserving their unique expression. He was one of the first producers in Limoux to abandon the use of chemical products in the vineyard and in 2012 he began the conversion of the entire estate to biodynamic, also producing sulphite-free wines.
In a region like Languedoc, famous for its wine production, Jean-Louis represents a change taking place in the area, which is distinguishing itself for new dynamic and high quality realities. His passion for viticulture and his attention to product quality make Jean-Louis one of the main proponents of the change taking place in the Languedoc.
After harvesting, the grapes are gently pressed and the must is fermented in the bottle according to the traditional method. The bottle is then aged on the lees for at least 24 months before disgorgement. The result is a wine of great aromatic complexity, with notes of ripe fruit, citrus and toasted bread, accompanied by a delicate effervescence and a fresh and vibrant sip. The Extra Brut Tradition represents Jean Louis Denois’ commitment to the production of high quality wines, respecting the environment and the winemaking traditions of the Limoux region.
It is presented in the glass with a straw yellow color crossed by more golden streaks, and the perlage is fine and persistent. On the nose, there is a precise balance between fresh fruity notes and floral hints, with a slight hint of yeast and smoke at the end. The sip is round and medium-bodied, with a taste consistent with the aromas perceived on the nose, and a savory finish.
It is ideal for elegant aperitifs and seafood menus, but it also goes well with white meat main courses.