Edouard Langlois and his wife Jeanne Chateau founded their winemaking estate in 1885. Later generations carefully expanded the estate, building one of the finest and most representative vineyard holdings in the Loire Valley, a region known around the world for the quality, variety and value of its wines. The Loire Valley is France’s second largest producer of sparkling wine, so it was fitting that, in 1973, the Bollinger family took an ownership interest in Langlois-Chateau. Michel Villedey, a son-in-law to the Bollingers and a native of the Loire Valley, became president of the company. He joined Managing Director Jean Leroux, the grandson of Edouard Langlois and Jeanne Chateau, and together they oversaw an expansion that included development of vineyards in Saumur, Saumur-Champigny and Sancerre. Langlois-Chateau is best known for its rich and elegant Crémant de Loire sparkling wines. Crémant de Loire is a rigorously regulated appellation that specifies hand grape-picking, light pressing and long maturation. Langlois-Chateau is the only Loire winery to control the winemaking process for its Crémant from start to finish. Langlois-Chateau is also renowned for its Sancerre, a superb, elegant Sauvignon Blanc varietal produced with fruit from vineyards surrounding Château de Fontaine-Audon, one of only four chateaux in the Sancerre appellation.
This Vieilles Vignes Rouge Domaine Langlois-Chateau provides a very dark ruby pulling black. On the nose, aromas of ripe fruit and hints of roast stand, suggesting a good integration of the barrel aging. On the palate, a nice material is enhanced by rounded tannins and supple. This wine has all the characteristics of a great vintage. To appreciate today, yet he will age with joy.