Founded in 1851, Bouvet Ladubay is one of France’s greatest producers of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine from Loire Valley Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc grapes. Bouvet Ladubay sources its fruit from more than 100 plots in the Loire Valley, obtaining the best quality through its long-standing relationships with winegrowers. The region is known for its “tuffeau” stone, a local chalky limestone used to build the numerous castles that dot the Loire Valley. This limestone soil is ideal for the cultivation of Chenin Blanc and coupled with the mild climate creates the natural acidity needed to produce a balanced sparkling wine. All grapes are hand harvested and the first fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The finest wines from each lot are blended and the cuvée is bottled. The second fermentation occurs in the bottle and the wine spends a minimum of 12 months on the lees. Bouvet Ladubay’s cellars are housed in ancient tuffeau stone quarries, creating the perfect environment for aging wine.

Harvest Note
The 2021 vintage in the Loire Valley, like much of France, was challenging but resulted in surprisingly good quality grapes. The growing season began uncharacteristically warm, then frost arrived in April. The summer was generally cool and humid, bringing the threat of mildew. Fine weather in September and October brought better conditions, and the white wine grapes harvested were aromatic, crisp, and ideal for sparkling wines.
Tasting Note
Gold in color with hints of amber and fine bubbles, this well-balanced and elegant sparkling wine has notes of toast, green apple, and lemon.
Technical Data
GRAPES: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Crémant de Loire
PH: 3.2
ACIDITY: 3.5 g/l
ABV: 12.5%
AGING: 12 months on the lees
Unique Selling Points
  • Loire Valley sparkling wine - Chenin Blanc is the Loire Valley's signature grape
  • Made in the méthode traditionnelle
  • Aged for a minimum of 12 months on the lees

About the Grape

Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
Chenin Blanc
Depending on the soils, Chenin Blanc can be lush, with stone fruit and pear characters; or quite dry, with green apple and beeswax notes.
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