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In the heart of the Loire Valley, part of the UNESCO world heritage, Bouvet-Ladubay, Brut de Loire in Saumur in their kilometers of underground galleries excavated in the "Tuffeau" calciary stone.

Since its acquisition of the brand in 1932 by Justin Marcel Monmousseau, the same family has given a naturally artistic dimension to the company for all wine lovers

To this day, more than 500 medals and awards have confirmed the quality of our wines. 

The Bouvet Ladubay cellars are open all year round for visits, wine tasting and discovering all the steps to producing the sparkling wines through the "Methode Traditionnelle" winemaking process.


Cave Cathédrale La Cathédrale Engloutie

At the end of the 19th century, extraction of the "tuffeau" limestone - which had been used for building many beautiful monuments in France and Europe - drew to an end. 

These immense quarries, that were dug up for 10 centuries have therefore given birth to the castles, abbeys, monuments & cities of the Loire Valley. 

It is said that this tuffeau limestone may have also helped construct the Westminster Royal Abbey's foundation, in London.


A bit of history..!

Bouvet Ladubay's wine cellars are located right under the St Florent Abbey ruins. This is where in the Middle Age, at the beginning of the 11th century, one of the most powerful Benedictine abbeys of the Anjou region was founded. 

It will last until the French Revolution and is then sold as a national good and split into several private proprieties.

The site then gradually collapsed until the 19th century, when it was finally destroyed. 

All that are left today are the ruins of this Benedictine abbey, which had once been a finial of the local religious heritage. 

The spirit of La Cathédrale Engloutie is similar to a childhood dream, like "The Horse was in the Stone" perhaps there are still in the cellars fragments of monuments that have existed 





Our team welcomes you all year round, 7 days a week, to visit the cellars and to taste our wines.


From June 1st to September 30th

  • Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 7:00pm
  • Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm
  • Sunday from 9:30am to 7:00pm


From October 1st to May 31st

  • Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 12:30pm and from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Weekend and holidays from 10:00am to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm to 6:00pm


On December 24th and 31st we are open from 9am to 12:30am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm
We are closed on december the 25th.

WARNING : We will be closed from 1st to 5th of january 2020 included.


English and French guided tours every day (booking recommended).
German and Spanish guided tours on booking only.


  • Guided tour possible for people with reduced mobility ( except bicycle tour and heritage tour).
  • Constant temperature in caves 12°C.
  • A car park in front of the entrance (11 rue Jean Ackerman - St Hilaire St Florent).
  • A car park next to the church of St Hilaire St Florent (1, rue de l'abbaye - St Hilaire St Florent).



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