Since 1851, Bouvet Ladubay has been one of France’s greatest producers of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine, using the Loire Valley’s indigenous Chenin Blanc blended with small amounts of Chardonnay, and using Cabernet Franc for rosé. In 1933, the Monmousseau family purchased the property and today continues to manage this legendary French estate. For Bouvet Ladubay, wine is a living art that must be practiced with wisdom, uniting tradition, experience and the most finely tuned technology in the creation of refined, handcrafted wines of impeccable quality and consistency.
Founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet, Bouvet Ladubay is the second oldest sparkling wine–producing house in Saumur. By 1890, it had become France’s largest producer of méthode traditionnelle wines. Very few of Etienne Bouvet’s contemporaries would unite so much talent and energy dedicated to the refinement and prestige of their industry. Bouvet erected immense buildings to house his production; he installed an electric plant to illuminate his underground cellars and his mansions and châteaux; and he built not only lodging for his workers, but also a theater.