Anyway here are some figures for the production of Loire sparkling wine in 2007 showing the production of Crémant finally taking the number one position from Saumur.
Crémant de Loire: 103,273 hls
Saumur Brut: 94,284
Total 315,553 hls
Total production in bottles: 39,444,125.
The Loire's total sparkling wine production is only 11.5% of that of Champagne, where 338.7 million bottles of Champagne were produced in 2007. However, permitted yields in Champagne are substantially higher than they are in the Loire.