The wines of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur
By Jim Budd
This Guide was last updated on 19 April 2011
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Address: 3 Rue Léopold Palustre,
Saint Hilaire Saint Florent,
Tel: 02 41 40 21 40 Fax: 02 41 40 21 49
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 47:16:20N (47.27215) Longitude: -0:06:23W (-0.10650)
This is the Loire out-post of Champagne Bollinger. The Saumur sparkling wine house was established in 1912 when Edouard Langlois and Jeanne Chateau (no accent on Chateau) bought the Maison Delandes, which had been founded in 1885. In 1973 Champagne Bollinger acquired a majority holding. Langlois-Chateau now produces both sparkling – only Crémant de Loire – and still wines. Their top Crémant is the creamy Quadrille, a vintage made from Cabernet Franc (15%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%), Chardonnay (30%) and Chenin (50%). Their best still wine is the Saumur Blanc Vieilles Vignes – 100% Chenin from the company’s own vines. It needs several years in bottle to show its best. A one-hour visit includes a guided tour around their 4km of chalk cellars as well as a tasting.
Useful information: Open every day from 1 April-15 October 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-18.30 (no appointment needed); during the rest of the year every day by appointment only. Special visits with in-depth explanations of the vineyards and wine production can be arranged for groups (15-45 people).
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