Loire Valley, France
Langlois-Chateau has a rich history as one of the leading producers in the Loire Valley. Their Cremants are produced with 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.
Founded in 1885 by Edouard Langlois and Jeanne Chateau (hence the name). In 1973, the Bollinger family invested in Langlois, significantly revitalizing the vineyards and modernizing the cellar. Bollinger was naturally attracted by Langlois’ Crémant de Loire production, but the estate has become a leading quality producer in Sancerre, Saumur and other areas.
Langlois-Chateau owns and manages 175 acres of the best AOC vineyards in the Loire Valley. For the Crémants they have an intensely terroir-focused approach of drawing the best characteristics from 6 distinct vineyards areas and soil types in order to create and refined wines. Grapes are hand harvested in small bins, pressed gently, aging is at least 36 months (versus 12 month minimum), and reserve wines are incorporated. The crown jewel of their Sancerre holdings at Chateau de Fontain-Audon, from which they produce a single-vineyards Sancerre of the same name.
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Loire Valley, France
The crown jewel of Langlois’ Sancerre holdings is at Château de Fontaine-Audon, a 37-acre vineyard from which they produce a single-vineyard Sancerre of the same name. 100% Sauvignon Blanc grown entirely on silex (flint) terroir, Langlois-Chateau’s single-vineyard Sancerre undergoes a gentle pressing, is fermented in stainless steel and then is kept on its lees for 6 months.
Loire Valley, France
Langlois-Chateau’s Sancerres are serious and complex but also delicate and approachable. They’re benchmarks for the appellation. The grapes are from a selection of the best vineyard plots. They undergo a gentle pressing to extract the purest juice and are handled exclusively in stainless steel.
Loire Valley, France
For their Crémants, Langlois-Chateau has an intensely terroir-focused approach of drawing the best characteristics from 6 distinct vineyard areas and soil types in order to create complex and refined wines. Langlois’ Crémant Rosé is hand-picked from 2 specific terroirs with chalky-clay soils perfectly suited to Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
Loire Valley, France
Langlois-Chateau owns and manages 175 acres of the best AOC vineyards in the Loire Valley. For their Crémants they have an intensely terroir-focused approach of drawing the best characteristics from 6 distinct vineyard areas and soil types in order to create complex and refined wines.
Grapes are hand harvested in small bins and pressed gently. Only the ‘first press juice’ is used (the ‘cuvée’). Each parcel and each variety is vinified separately. Aging lasts at least 36 months (versus 12 months required by the appellation) (18 months for the rosé). Reserve wines are incorporated in the final blend which is an extremely rare practice in the world of crémant.
“Langlois-Château is part of the Bollinger stable, so you know you're guaranteed a quality fizz here. Made from Cabernet Franc, it's full of juicy redcurrant fruit, ripe red apple acidity and a creamy, strawberry yoghurt length. A bright, lively fizz that would transition well from balcony aperitif to the dinner table."
- "The NV Crémant de Loire Brut is a beauty based mostly on Chenin Blanc, with 20% each of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. It spent 36 months on lees in bottle. Juicy citrus, tangerine, and lime-like characteristics all emerge from this medium-bodied, balanced Crémant that has plenty of texture and depth. It’s a good value and a serious sparkler."
- “The NV Crement de Loire Brut Rosé is even better. Made completely from Cabernet Franc aged 18 months on lees in bottle, this bright, juicy, delicious rosé sports a pink/salmon color as well as classic notes of strawberries, cherries, and flowers. It’s fresh, lively, and fruit forward, and perfect for drinking over the coming year or two.” - Jeb Dunnuck
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François Régis de Fougeroux - General Manager
Born in 1974, François-Régis de Fougeroux grew up in the middle of his father’s farm near Cholet (50 Kms from Saumur). In his youth, he developed a passion for nature, hunting and wine. As a child, he often visited growers in Saumur or Coteaux du Layon with his father. It was the beginning of his wine education.
After receiving a Biology degree in the Science University of Nantes, he pursued a degree in Business at Rennes University. He took a few months off to travel, spending
6 months in Argentina and Brazil for a work experience, and returned to achieve his military service as a cavalry Officer in Saumur.
In 2001, he joined Petaluma in the Adelaide’s Hills (South Australia), where he worked for six months as assistant winemaker, also visiting many vineyards and wineries in Victoria and New South Wales.
Following this New World experience, he returned to Saumur and joined Langlois-Chateau as Production Manager in 2001. He spent 7 years managing the production team, with the aim of increasing the quality of Langlois-Chateau wines, particularly the Crémants. In 2005, he took the lead on a key project for Langlois-Chateau: the development of a new winery. 2007 was the first vintage to be vinified in the new facilities.
When Michel Villedey, the previous General Manager of Langlois-Chateau, decided to retire in 2008, Société Jacques Bollinger naturally tapped François Régis for the role.
His aim today is to cement Langlois-Chateau’s reputation as one of the most famous houses in the Loire.
Laurent Onillon - Commercial Manager
Born in the Loire Region in 1973, Laurent Onillon grew up in Cholet (50 kms from Saumur). He studied at Angers University for three years (1991 to 1994), obtaining a Master’s degree in business. As a part of his Diploma requirements, he spent his final year (1995) in a German university (Passau in Bavaria). He decided to specialize in International Business, completing one more year (1996) at a dedicated business school in Poitiers, Institut D’Administration des Entreprises.
Working for a “Terroir”-driven product was in his DNA. It could have been food but he was very pleased to start in the wine trade. He first joined Loire Propriétés in 1997, where he worked for five years with a cooperative called Les Caves de la Loire in Brissac Quincé, a wine merchant called Albert Besombes, and a group of Chinon producers called Cave des Vins de Rabelais. He acted as the Area Export Manager in charge of Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland for the first three years. His responsibilities were then extended to Northern America (USA & Canada).
After this successful first experience, Michel Villedey (President of Langlois-Chateau from 1973 to 2008) offered him a job at Langlois-Chateau in 2002. Being such a key brand in the Loire Valley, it was difficult to say no to such an offer. He was first appointed as Export Manager and promoted to Commercial Manager in 2008. The same year, François Régis de Fougeroux was nominated General Manager, after having spent seven years as the winery’s Production Manager.
Needless to say, this young team has been working together for a long time. All elements are in place for Langlois-Chateau to become one of the most famous sparkling houses in the Loire Valley.
April 23, 2020 - We had the pleasure of speaking live with François-Régis de Fougeroux, General Manager, and Laurent Onillon, Commercial Director, of Langlois-Chateau. While we could not be with them in person, they…