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Lucien Crochet Sancerre Le Chene 2012

Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
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13.5% ABV
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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.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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

Lucien Crochet

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Lucien Crochet, Loire, 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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