Bolinger’s Champagne-Inspired Loire Sparkler
When a revered Champagne house like Bollinger heads to the Loire Valley to produce a sparkling wine to Champagne standards — without Champagne’s hefty price tag — the result is a gem like Langlois-Château’s Crémant de Loire Brut. Even though the Bollinger family isn’t beholden to following the “méthode champenoise” tradition with this label, they choose to deploy the technique to a melange of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc anyway. The result is a brilliant bubbly for the masses.
Langlois-Chateau has a storied past dating back to 1912 when Edouard Langlois and Jeanne Chateau founded the winery, eventually becoming a Loire Valley standard-bearer for the region’s wines from Sancerre to Muscadet, holding to sustainable production methods with a “Terra Vitis” certification.
In 1973, the Bollinger family joined the winery as investors, revitalizing and modernizing the vineyards and cellar. With 62% of the estate’s production devoted to Crémant, the partnership ensured it was treated to exacting Champagne specifications. Made in the "méthod Champenoise" tradition and in line with the strict rules governing harvesting and production in Champagne, Langlois-Chateau produces a complex Crémant that can be easily confused for a top-shelf Champagne.
This brilliant Crémant is a beautifully precise blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay, and 20% Cabernet Franc — all grown on porous schist and limestone-rich soils on six choice parcels: Côtes de Saumur, Coteaux de St-Léger, Puy-Notre-Dame, Bas Layon, Haut-Layon, and Montreuil-Bellay. Hand-harvested, gently pressed and going through secondary fermentation in the bottle, Langlois-Chateau Brut ages on the lees a full three years, allowing its layered depth to unfold.