Domaine Lucien Crochet
was established as a result of a union between two pioneering winemakers in the Sancerre
appellation of the Loire Valley
, Andre Crochet and Lucien Picard. It was Andre's son Lucien Crochet
who decided to merge the estates of his father and father-in-law, and then expand the property to 35 hectares
Today, the family estate is run by Lucien's son Gilles Crochet and his wife Laurence
, who produce 7 or 8 terroir-forward Sancerre wines from 38 hectares, of which 29 hectares are planted with Sauvignon Blanc
, and 9 with Pinot Noir
. The vines grow in a diverse range of soil types, including Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian subsoils, as well as calcareous clay. Since 1989, the vineyards have been treated exlusively with organic fertilisers
, to protect the vines for generations to come.
The white Sancerre wines
of Lucien Crochet exude bright citrus and pear on the nose, herbal and earthy nuances, and that chalky minerality
so typical of the Sancerre appellation. Meanwhile, their Pinot Noir is used to produce some of the most elegant Sancerre red wines
, as well as a refreshing and fine Sancerre Rosé
with juicy redcurrant and blueberrie aromas.