2018 Lucien Crochet Sancerre ‘Le Chene Marchand’ 375ml

$30

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A clear and classic Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre with aromas of white peach, green pear and wet river rocks. The palate has beautiful roundness and tension from the calcareous terroir of the region.

Lutte Raisonnée farming practices.

Pair with salmon and this simple Arugula & Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Loire Valley, France

The Loire is actually the largest river in France and the Loire Valley is a large region that follows as it flows towards the Atlantic. Another cooler climate region in France, the Loire Valley produces many exciting and exceptional red, rosé, and white wines in a variety of styles. 

Lean and lively white varieties like Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne or Melon Blanc) dominate in many sub-regions here including Anjou-Saumur, Touraine, and the Upper Loire (Centre). Rustic reds like Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Côt (Malbec) are also grown in smaller areas. Some of the most infamous for Cabernet Franc are that of Bourgueil and Chinon located in the Touraine (Middle Loire). The Loire Valley is also known to produce quality sparkling wines from grape varieties including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc (for rosé). You’ll often find these wines to be tart with fresh fruit flavors and labelled as Crémant de Loire. 

“Both of my grandfathers, André Crochet and Lucien Picard, were winegrowers. In fact, in the early 1950s, Lucien Picard was one of the pioneers of bottling Sancerre wines in the region to be able to sell them in Paris. My father, Lucien Crochet, merged the two estates together. He developed relationships with the finest restaurants in Paris and it was only natural for the export markets to follow. Today, my wife Laurence, who is also the daughter of a Sancerre grower, and I oversee the estate while adding our own approach and sensitivity.

OVER 30 VINTAGES PRODUCED WITHIN THE FAMILY ESTATE !

To develop my own vision of viticulture, I decided to leave Sancerre in 1978 to pursue my university studies in oenology in Dijon (Burgundy). After that, I met some very interesting people and had several extremely enriching experiences, especially during a formative training at Domaine Dujac in Morey-Saint-Denis, where I discovered another approach to Pinot Noir. I returned to the family estate in Sancerre in 1983. Since then, with each vintage, I have been vinifying 7 or 8 cuvées and continue to experiment with new techniques. Weather permitting and when my schedule allows me to have a little free time, it is a pleasure for me to leave my cellar, go for a walk in the vineyards and take a few photos. In Sancerre, a gust of wind can blow the clouds away and give way to stunning luminosity as if by magic.” – Lucien Crochet

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