In the heart of the Loire Valley, the Louis de Grenelle house develops fine sparkling wines : Crémant de Loire, Saumur Rosé and Saumur Brut. Created in 1859, it remains the last independent and family owned sparkling wine house.While the Louis de Grenelle family winery draws from XXIst century values of consistent production and dynamic commercial marketing, traditional values still apply in creating authentic vintage.The tour will take you 12 meters underground in former tuffeau (limestone) quarries dug in the XVth century.
Your guide will describe the technics used by “bagnards” (prisoners of labour camps) to extract the white stone, used to build houses and the chateaux of the Loire valley.In 1859, quarries were converted into aging cellars for our Saumur and Crémant de Loire sparkling wines. Due to the “puisards” (ventilation shafts), our cellars are at a constant temperature of 12 degrees all year long and a hygrometry of almost 80% : that creates ideal storage condition for the maturation of our sparkling wines.Today, almost 4 million bottles slowly handle the second fermentation process in our galleries. Along the tour, our guide will introduce you to the secrets of making sparkling wine (bottling, riddling…). You may have the chance to meet one of our cellar men. Watch him reproducing gestures inherited from our ancestors; you will feel the weight of tradition.This fascinating labyrinth, made of 2.5 km of galleries, will allow you to walk through Saumur’s underground world.What a wonder to be able to walk under the “Pressoir (wine press) street”, or under Saumur’s former hospital.“Like a city under the city”. You will also discover surprising and unique stairs dated XIXth century.The tour in the cellars ends up with our jewel : the underground tasting cellar with Bacchus throne carved in the stone.
20, rue Marceau
49415 SAUMUR – FRANCETél. : +33 (0)2 41 50 17 63
Official website:- www.louisdegrenelle.fr
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