The House of Langlois Chateau is based in Saumur. It was created in 1912 by Edouard Langlois and his wife Jeanne Chateau, with the help of the Baron de Bodman. In 1973, Maison Bollinger from Ay-Champagne acquired majority ownership of Langlois Chateau. Michel Villedey from the Bollinger family ran the estate until 2008 when François-Regis de Fougeroux became president of the company. The Sancerre vineyard of Fontaine Audon is owned by Langlois Chateau. This 15 hectare vineyard surrounds one of the rare “Château” in Sancerre, in St Gemme to the north west of the Appelation on the excellent Terroir à Silex (flint).
Loire Valley – France
Born in 1873 in a rural family in the Saumur region, Edouard Langlois was a winemaker and a cellarman at St-Hilaire-St-Florent. He was 23 years old when he married 19-year-old Jeanne Chateau, whose family came from Vendée. On August 1, 1912, the couple founded the family company Maison Langlois-Chateau at St-Hilaire-St-Florent, with the help of Baron de Bodman, owner of Château de St-Florent and the adjoining vineyard; the Baron would thus bring cellars, land, and buildings to the young firm which, also, bought the business of the former Maison Delandes, founded in 1885.
In 1973, Maison Bollinger, a family enterprise at Aÿ-Champagne, recognized the quality of Langlois-Chateau wines and acquired majority ownership, thus contributing its financial resources as well as its agencies in France and abroad. Michel Villedey, a son-in-law of the Bollinger family and also from Saumur, became president of the firm, assisted by Jean Leroux, son of Maurice.
The enterprise subsequently experienced rapid growth, adding to the capacity of its cellars, creating vineyards at Saumur, Saumur-Champigny, and Sancerre (currently 73 hectares). Alongside the production of its “fine bubble wines” under the Appellation “Crémant de Loire, ” the winery also produces “still wines” from its own vineyards. It is these still wines that Terroir Selections has chosen to focus on.
To the natural environment, the wine grower and maker has added his ancestral know-how, his passion and his enthusiasm. Langlois-Chateau has echoed and perpetuated these characteristics since 1885. The Domain believes strongly in a few essential stages to the production of great wines:
- Knowledge of vineyards and soils : there can be no great wine without quality grapes. Langlois-Chateau is very active in wine research and always favors natural methods and respect for the environment in its vineyards (73 hectares), notably through the use of integrated pest management. It is by these means that Langlois-Chateau was one of the first wine makers to obtain the Terra Vitis label.
- excellence in wine production: Langlois-Chateau regularly invests in the best materials (pneumatic presses, thermo-regulated vats, storage in casks, etc). Technology remains at the service of the grapes, of their characteristics and of their specificities.
- Mastery of the blending process is essential for the Crémants de Loire sold under the Langlois Brand. The grapes come excluisvely from 6 geographic locations, considered as “crus” (producing distinctive wines) by our Company. The musts from each geographic location are kept separate and independently converted into wine, before being blended in order to embody the style of the Company: freshness and elegance.
- Quality control is permanent from the vineyard to the shipments. Each bottle has a lot number. With it, we can find in our records each step of the process.