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Lucien Crochet Sancerre Le Chene 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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Winemaker Notes

This wine is produced from vineyards in the village of Bué (principally the "Clos du Chene Marchand") that are planted uniquely to clay-limestone soils, known as "caillottes and griottes" which yield a wine of particularly fine quality and exceptional length. Usually harvested earlier than the other cuvees because of the excellent exposure of the vines to the sun, "Le Chene" maintains an elegant acidity in support of the ripe fruit of these well-positioned vines.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Crochet’s 2011 Sancerre Le Chene – incorporating, as usual, a high percentage of fruit from the Chene Marchand – needed a shaking to reveal its generous scents and juicy profusion of lime, pineapple, and honeydew, here mingled with chalk and salt that add interest and saliva-inducing savor, going beyond what one experiences in the corresponding Croix du Roy. And while the present wine is expansive and exceedingly ripe, there is cut and clarity of a sort rare for its vintage, which perfectly suites the metaphorically cooling effect of herbal essences as they rush in to join the fruits and minerals in a long finishing colloquy.
Range: 90-92
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Lucien Crochet

Lucien Crochet

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Lucien Crochet, Loire, France
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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.

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