The Loire Valley is well known for their spectacular white wines, in particular those based on Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.  As more and more people become aware of the quality of these wines, it’s not surprising that people want to explore all that the Loire has to offer.

This time of year all of our attention should be turning towards the bubblies that will be bringing sparkle and cheer to our holiday celebrations. There are many great sources of fine sparkling wines, but none offers the variety and value that one gets from the Fines Bulles (“Fine Bubbles”) of the Loire Valley.

What to expect: Fines Bulles

Fines Bulles, as the sparkling wines of the Loire Valley are known, are classic Méthode Traditionnelle wines that are among the world’s greatest values when one is looking for fine bubbly. The Méthode Traditionnelle is the classic method used in the production of Champagne that calls for a secondary fermentation in the bottle, which gives the wine its sparkle. This gives the finished wine a fine, creamy mousse and integrated texture that other sparkling wines just can’t match.  Appellations that produce Fines Bulles include Saumur, Vouvray, Montlouis-sur-Loire,  Touraine and Crémant de Loire.