In a nutshell: A concentrated, fresh and expressive Sancerre from St Gemme in the north of the appellation.
The lowdown: This wine is made from fruit of the flinty soiled vineyards, 'terroir silex', surrounding on of the few châteaux in Sancerre. After fermentation in stainless steel it stayed on its lees until the April following harvest. The resulting wine has a very expressive nose of ripe fruits with some exotic fruits like mango also showing thorugh. On the palate it has a superb fresh minerality and crisp acidity balanced by a softness and roundness which allows the ripe fruit flavours to really show off.
When to drink: Elegant and graceful, its a great aperitif and a natural with things like smoked salmon, lobster and goat's cheese.
Founded in 1912 by Edouard Langlois and his wife Jeanne Château from the outset the company specialized in the sparkling wines. They suffered a major setback in 1915 when Edouard Langlois was killed during the First World War. However the business was carried on by his widow and continued to thrive.
In 1973 they were acquired by the famous champagne house Bollinger and with the financial investment that came with it were able to expand both their cellars and vineyard holdings in Saumur, Saumur-Champigny and Sancerre. In 2007 their winery at Saint-Hilare-Saint-Florent in Saumur was significantly expanded and now handles their entire production and distribution operations which are under the stewardship of the current chief winemaler and general manager, François Régis de Fougeroux. These days in addiition to their renowned Loire Valley sparkling wines their growing range of still wines is also starting to make waves.