The headquarters of the sparkling wine house is located in the commune of Saint-Hilaire Saint-Florent on the left bank of the Loire near the town of Saumur. It was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet (1828-1908) and his wife Célestine Ladubay, who bought an eight-kilometre-long cellar. The cellars carved into the tuff stone once belonged to the abbey "La Belle d'Anjou", which was already built in the 11th century. By the way, cellar tours by bicycle are offered. The coat of arms with the two silver lions was created in 1873. From that year onwards, privileged customers were offered the possibility of a personalised label and the company became the official supplier of the British Parliament. In 1878 a castle was built, as well as workers' housing estates for the employees. In the following years, a small theatre and a separate power station were built for the winery.
Bouvet left no descendants. Weakened by the First World War and the 1929 Great Depression, the Bouvet empire was dismembered and sold at auction in 1932. The sparkling wine production plant was taken over by Justin-Marcel Monmousseau, who was succeeded by his son Jean Monmousseau in 1946 and his son Patrice Monmousseau in 1972. After the Second World War, the company succeeded in regaining its reputation through quality-oriented production and expansion of exports. In 1974, Bouvet-Ladubay was taken over by the Taittinger Champagne House, but Patrice Monmousseau retained complete freedom of action in the management of the house.
In 2006, the company was acquired by the Indian multimillionaire, manager and entrepreneur Dr. Vijay Mallya, who is, among other things, Chairman of the international beer and spirits company United Breweries Holdings Limited. Finally, in 2015, the company was bought back by the long-standing owner family. Together with his daughter Juliette Monmousseau, the general manager of the company, Patrice Monmousseau founded the investment holding company Ogmius Capital. Together with some partners, the Monmousseau family bought back 100% of the company's shares and gained full independence.
In order to promote its image, the company is involved in equestrian sports, which are historically anchored in Saumur, in motor sports with a seven-year participation in the famous "24 Hours of Le Mans" race, as well as a wide range of cultural sponsorship in the fields of painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, literature and, most recently, film. The "Bouvet Ladubay Art concept" art centre was inaugurated in 1992 in the rooms of the former large power station and exhibits works by contemporary artists. Afterwards, the private theatre, built in the Wilhelminian style, was restored and used for events, concerts and theatre performances
Production is carried out in accordance with the company philosophy of "Excellence", which has been in force since the company was founded, i.e. striving for the highest quality. Every year, about 100 grape growers are selected. The grapes are controlled and pressed according to strict quality criteria. The first fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks; the base wines are aged for about four months. In spring, the wines of different grape varieties, vineyards and vintages are then artfully assembled.
After ageing in stainless steel tanks or for the special cuvées in , the second fermentation(bottle fermentation) is started after bottling. Remuage (shaking) is carried out using mechanical devices invented by Patrice Monmousseau. After the dégorgement and the addition of the dosage, the bottle is sealed with natural corks and the last step is labelling. The extensive product range includes AOC still wines such as Saumur and Touraine, and around 15 sparkling wines such as Crémant de Loire. Among the house's top products are the sparkling wines "Saphir Vintage" (Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, Saumur Brut), as well as "Trésor" and the "Ogmius", aged on yeast for 10 years (both Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, aged in barrique, Saumur brut). Over six million bottles are produced annually.