Langlois-Chateau, Crémant de Loire (Loire Valley, France) Brut NV

($23, Vintus):  Edouard Langlois and Jeanne Chateau founded their eponymous company in 1912 and has been a leading producer of Crémant de Loire ever since.  This, their standard NV Brut, is a blend of Chenin Blanc (at least 60%), and roughly equal parts of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Just as Champagne producers use black grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) in their blend, Loire producers use one of their indigenous red grapes in their sparkling wines.  It’s taut and focused, with bright and refreshing acidity without harshness.   A great aperitif, it will also cut through things like grilled swordfish so don’t be afraid to take it to the table.
90 Michael Apstein May 19, 2020