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Lucien Crochet, Sancerre 2018
Sauvignon Blanc 100%
This is great, traditional Sancerre. Far removed from the Sulphurous mass market examples which have become so prevalent in recent times.
As you'd expect, great freshness and aromatics are not lacking in this wine. Delicate floral and citrus notes work so well together with a slight weight to it thanks to the hot 2018 vintage across France making this a very culinary style of Sancerre.
The grapes for this basic cuvee of Sancerre are sourced from the vineyards in Bue, Vinon and Crezancy. After harvest, fermentation is done in stainless steel cuves at temperatures between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius. As with all the whites at the domaine, this wine sits in contact with the fine lies for a considerable period of time with the racking being done late in the spring following harvest.
Domaine Lucien Crochet stems from the fusion of the winegrowing estates of André Crochet (Lucien’s father) and Lucien Picard (his father-in-law). The latter was one of the pioneers of bottling in the Sancerre region and one of the first to sell his Sancerre wines in Paris in the early 1950s.
Lucien Crochet expanded the estate over the last thirty years to its current surface area of 38 hectares. His son, Gilles, now runs the estate. 29 hectares are planted with Sauvignon Blanc. It is with these grapes that they produce their range of white wines. The remaining 9 hectares are planted with Pinot Noir which go into the making of the red and rosé wines.
Most of Lucien Crochet's vineyards are located within the village of Bué, with some in the neighbouring communes of Sancerre, Crézancy and Vinon. The soil and subsoil are clay-limestone based and date back to the Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian stages.
Most of the vines face south, south-west and south-east, giving the grapes maximum exposure to the summer sun.