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Bouvet Ladubay

The head office of the sparkling wine house is in the commune of Saint-Hilaire Saint-Florent on the left bank of the Loire near the city Saumur, It was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet (1828-1908) and his wife Célestine Ladubay by buying an eight-kilometer-long cellar. The cellars carved into the tuff once belonged to the "La Belle d'Anjou" abbey, which was built in the 11th century. By the way, cellar tours are offered by bicycle. The coat of arms with the two silver lions was created in 1873. From this year, privileged customers became the option of a personalized label offered and the company official supplier to the British Parliament. In 1878 a castle and workers' settlements were built for the employees. In the following years, a small theater and a separate power plant for the winery were built.

Bouvet-Ladubay - cellar tour by bike

Bouvet left no offspring. Weakened by the First World War and the Great Depression in 1929, the Bouvet empire became one in 1932 auction dismembered and sold. The sparkling wine production plant was taken over by Justin-Marcel Monmousseau, who was followed in 1946 by his son Jean Monmousseau and in 1972 by his son Patrice Monmousseau. After the Second World War, the company regained its reputation through quality-oriented production and expansion of exports. In 1974 Bouvet-Ladubay became a champagne house Taittinger taken over, but with Patrice Monmousseau total freedom of action remained in the management of the house.

Bouvet-Ladubay - cellar entrance and bars (tasting room)

In 2006 the company was founded by the Indian multimillionaire, manager and entrepreneur Dr. Vijay Mallya, who acts as Chairman of the international beer and spirits company United Breweries Holdings Limited. Finally, the long-standing owner family bought back in 2015. Together with his daughter Juliette Monmousseau, the company's general manager, Patrice Monmousseau founds the investment holding company Ogmius Capital. Together with some partners, the Monmousseau family bought back 100% of the company shares and became fully independent.

In order to promote the image, the company is involved in equestrian history, anchored in Saumur, in motorsport with a seven-year participation in the famous “24-hour race at Le Mans” as well as a wide range of cultural sponsorship in the areas of painting, sculpture, dance, theater and literature and finally film. The art center "Bouvet Ladubay Art concept" was inaugurated in 1992 in the rooms of the former large power station and exhibits works by contemporary artists. Afterwards, the private theater built in the early days was restored and used for events, concerts and theater performances.

Bouvet-Ladubay - theater

Production takes place in compliance with the company philosophy that has been in place since its foundation, the "Excellence", that is, the pursuit of the highest quality. Around 100 grape growers are selected each year. The grapes are checked and pressed according to strict quality criteria. The first fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks; the base wines store about four months. In the spring, the wines are different varieties, Vineyards and vintages artistically assembles,

After expanding in stainless steel tanks or for the special cuvées in barriques the second fermentation (after bottling) bottle fermentation ) started. The remuage (Shaking) is carried out using mechanical devices invented by Patrice Monmousseau. After this dégorgement and admitting the Dosage it is closed with natural corks and the last step is labeling. The extensive product range includes AOC still wines such as B. Saumur and Touraine as well as around 15 sparkling wines such as B. Crémant de Loire, The top products of the house include the sparkling wines "Saphir Vintage" (Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, Saumur Brut), "Trésor" and the 10 years matured on the lees "Ogmius" (both Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, aged in barrique, Saumur brut ). Over six million bottles are produced annually.

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