Despite being only two miles away (as the crow flies across the Loire) from Vouvray, the appellation of Montlouis (formed in 1938) which uses the same Chenin Blanc grape to produce the same gamut of white wines styles sparkling, still, dry, medium and sweet - is less heralded. The south bank, sandier soils of Montlouis produce wines that are not quite as full-bodied as those of its better known sibling, but they remain excellent value nonetheless.
The Berger family's Montlouis from their Domaine des Liards in Saint-Martin-le-Beau is among this list's longest-running entries and is as enjoyable today as it has ever been. Their bottle-fermented, sparkling Montlouis Mousseux Brut has an appealing brioche bouquet, creamy mousse and zesty, whistle-clean palate. It is a failsafe crowd-pleaser for all manner of weddings, civil ceremonies and less-official unions. Its still sibling is equally rewarding with attractive fleur blanches aromas and ripe apple flavours preceding a clean, dry finish.