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Some Late Summer Sparkling Wines

August 28, 2020

Bigger Than Your Head recommends a small selection of sparkling wines to enjoy on the porch and at socially-distanced end of summer picnics, including Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire and Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé. 

Writer Fredric Koeppel notes the Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Rosé has “a beguiling pale onion skin hue and a shimmer of minute silver bubbles.” Adding, “this is a delightful yet delicate and elegant rosé that consists of 70 percent cabernet franc and 30 percent pinot noir, aged 18 months in bottle on the lees; the initial impression is of spare notes of strawberries and pears bolstered by limestone and flint minerality; a few moments in the glass bring out hints of apple skin, almond blossom and lime peel; at the core lurks a touch of red currant and lilac, every element etched by firm acidity and limestone minerality.”

As for the Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut, he shares background on the grape varieties and its three years aging on the lees before noting that the wine’s color “is pale gold, enlivened by a exhilarating, foaming tide of tiny bubbles.” Being quite direct, he adds, “this one is about as spare, chiseled and elegant as sparkling wine gets; smoke and steel are wreathed with glimmers of spiced pear and roasted lemon, acacia, heather and sea-salt; there’s real heft in the mid-palate, though the overall effect through the finish is of something glancing, fleet and fine-honed; it practically glitters in the glass.” Read the rest of this story HERE.

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    Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV

    Loire Valley, France

    Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV is a blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Pinot Noir. This bright and juicy Crémant is hand crafted with the same process and attention to detail as the best Champagne, with only the first pressed (“cuvée”) juice used and 18 months aging on the lees to preserve freshness and color. The beautiful color is achieved from a 12-15 hour skin contact.

    Langlois-Chateau

    Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut NV

    Loire Valley, France

    Crémant de Loire Brut NV is a blend of 60% Chenin Blanc (including 10% reserve wine) 20% Chardonnay and 20% Cabernet Franc. This polished and fresh Crémant is hand crafted with the same process and attention to detail as the best Champagne, with only the “cuvée” juice used and extended 36-month aging on the lees.

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    Loire Valley, France

    Langlois-Chateau is the "Tête de Crémant." The Crémants are the focus of the estate, accounting for 62% of the estate's production, making Langlois-Chateau the leader of Loire sparkling wine. It’s a case of quantity and quality with the production standards far beyond the appellation requirements and even beyond Champagne AOC standards. The result is Méthode Champenoise wines of incredible finesse. The still Sancerres are equally notable and are benchmarks for the appellation, with brightness, intensity, depth and minerality.