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

($24, Vintus):  First a bit of trivia. Note the absence of a “hat” accent over the a in Chateau.  That’s because it’s not a building but rather a proper name.  In 1912, Edouard Langlois and Jeanne Chateau founded what has become the standard bearer of Loire Valley sparkling wines.  Bollinger, the Champagne firm, invested in the property in 1973, upgrading the vineyards and cellar.  A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, this graceful sparkler is a delight to drink as an aperitif but has enough substance to easily accompany a hearty first course, such as smoked salmon.  Extended, far more than the appellation requires, lees-aging adds a creamy complexity.
91 Michael Apstein Oct 3, 2023