In a nutshell: A fresh and crisp Cabernet Franc from the heart of France's Loire valley.
The lowdown: Once known only for their Loire sparkling wines Langlois-Chateau are, these days, a serious player with the still wines of the region as well. This leafy and brisk 100% Cabernet Franc come from vineyards in the Saumur appellation. It's matured in stainless steel to retain the sought after brightness, freshness and primary fruit flavours. The nose is full of cassis and rasberry notes while on the palate there are ripe red fruit flavours which are held together by a crisp acidity, supple texture and soft, rounded tannins. Light and fresh this is the epitome of young, cool climate Cab Franc.
When to drink: It's a good red to serve just slightly below room temperature and will go well with grilled white meats, charcuterie, or soft cheeses.
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.