Bouvet Ladubay sources its fruit from more than 100 plots in the Loire Valley, obtaining the best quality at every harvest through its long-standing relationships with winegrowers. The limestone subsoil is ideal for the cultivation of Chenin Blanc, and the mild climate coupled with the excellent drainage of the clay creates the natural acidity needed to produce a balanced sparkling white wine. All grapes are hand harvested and spend a minimum of 12 months on the lees. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel, then the finest wines from each lot are blended and the cuvée is bottled for the second fermentation, following the traditional method.

88 Points
Wine Spectator
2016 vintage
90 Points
Tasting Panel
2016 vintage
Harvest Note
During the 2016 growing season, the vines of the Loire Valley were severely tested. Frost at the end of April was followed by very high humidity in May and June. Drought conditions characterized the summer months of July and August. The result was a harvest with very low yields across the appellation. September rainfall helped to bring about a positive end to the growing season however, with very healthy grapes and overall, a harvest of good quality.
Tasting Note
Pale gold with amber tints. Delightful flower, pear & apple aromas. Expressive and beautifully fruity on the palate. Fresh, elegant & balanced.
Food Pairing
Recommended with poultry dishes and freshwater fish dishes.
Technical Data
GRAPES: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Crémant de Loire
ABV: 12.50%
AGING: 18 months
Unique Selling Points
  • A Loire Valley sparkling wine made with Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, the Loire’s own grape
  • Chenin Blanc is uniquely suited to the wonderful limestone and clay soils of the Loire Valley

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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