From grape to glass

Artisan & winegrower with organic soul

Jean-Louis Denois likes to dig out secrets from these intricate elevated wine-lands, and knows every vine in each of his 57 plots. This way, he can watch over his wines and guarantee their quality, while respecting what makes them what they are and his inspiration when he studied in Burgundy: the terroir with that personal touch bringing together balance and elegance, which soon ranked Jean-Louis Denois' wines among the Languedoc's most groundbreaking.

Always striving for quality and responsible wine-growing

Convinced you have to find another way and protect this amazing natural environment, Jean-Louis Denois has switched to green grape-farming and become a pioneer in Limoux for using natural grass cover to avoid using weedkiller. He's put in higher posts to increase leaf canopy exposure, the best way to ripen grapes.

To get healthy grapes, he opted for sustainable farming from the start: abandoning chemical insecticides and fertilizers and reducing fungicide and other treatments. He'd already done this at Domaine de l’Aigle and carried on at Domaine Denois with greater precision.

From 2000, he experimented with plant homeopathy by treating the vines with natural herbal teas.

All vines have been farmed organically since 2006 and in 2009, the entire vineyard area became certified organic, "the only alternative to create fine wines and protect our environment and consumer health" »

This organic approach starts with going back to using natural treatments and cutting out synthetic chemicals.

From Roquetaillade to Magrie and Caudiés to Saint Paul en Fenouillet, the entire DENOIS estate is now farmed organically, meaning:

  • no weedkiller, no synthetic chemicals and no insecticide
  • deep tilling (5 or 6 times a year)
  • composting with local farm manure
  • careful high trellising for better photosynthesis i.e better sugar build-up in the grapes
  • hand-picking, sorted on the vine and again in the winery for reds

Return to natural compost and biodynamics

With this environmentally friendly vision and desire to control yields, he's moving the estate towards biodynamic farming, started in 2012. But as always with JLD, it's all or nothing and, not satisfied with fertilizers used by his "biodynamic" colleagues, he made biodynamic compost from 1000 tonnes of cow and sheep dung collected from the countryside. "You just have to want to do it and press the START button!" »

Caring about the soil, vines, fruit and environment: this is the main thrust at Domaine DENOIS.