Lucien Crochet Sancerre Le Chene 2012 Front Label
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Le Chene 2012 Front Label

Lucien Crochet Sancerre Le Chene 2012

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine is produced from vineyards in the village of Bue (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 cuvées 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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Coming from the prestigious lieu-dit Chêne Marchand with its shallow calcareous caillottes soils in Bué, the 2012 Sancerre Le Chêne reveals a complex, dense, fresh, and lovely perfumed bouquet of oysters sprayed with lime juice, Amalfi citrons and grapefruit. Le Chêne is a rich, full-bodied yet fresh and animating wine with a profound and persistent minerality and a characteristic taste of wet chalk. It has a lovely salty finish with white fruit and lime aromas.
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Lucien Crochet

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Lucien Crochet, France
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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Marked by its charming hilltop village in the easternmost territory of the Loire, Sancerre is famous for its racy, vivacious, citrus-dominant Sauvignon blanc. Its enormous popularity in 1970s French bistros led to its success as the go-to restaurant white around the globe in the 1980s.

While the region claims a continental climate, noted for short, hot summers and long, cold winters, variations in topography—rolling hills and steep slopes from about 600 to 1,300 feet in elevation—with great soil variations, contribute the variations in character in Sancerre Sauvignon blancs.

In the western part of the appellation, clay and limestone soils with Kimmeridgean marne, especially in Chavignol, produce powerful wines. Moving closer to the actual town of Sancerre, soils are gravel and limestone, producing especially delicate wines. Flint (silex) soils close to the village produce particularly perfumed and age-worthy wines.

About ten percent of the wines claiming the Sancerre appellation name are fresh and light red wines made from Pinot noir and to a lesser extent, rosés. While not typically exported in large amounts, they are well-made and attract a loyal French following.

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