’Méthode champenoise in Saumur.’
In the troglodytic wine cellars of Ackerman Laurance, the oldest house of sparkling wine in Saumur, wine bottles are set up for the 'méthode champenoise': the process of making sparkling wine by fermentation in the bottle. On a daily basis the bottles are rotated by hand causing the yeast to sink to the top of the bottle, where it is eventually removed. Ackermann, which was founded in 1811, is located in St.-Hilaire-St.-Florent (western part of Saumur). Photo Paul Smit.