Domaine Lucien Crochet

Presentation: 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 forty years to its current surface area of 34 hectares. His son, Gilles, now runs the estate. 25 hectares are planted in Sauvignon Blanc. With these grapes we produce our range of white wines.

The remaining 9 hectares are planted with Pinot Noir producing our red and rosé wines. Most of our vineyards are located in 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 our vines face south, south-west and south-east, giving the grapes maximum exposure to the sun. We also buy grapes from other winegrowers we do trust in, each year same people and same plots, for an equivalent of 12.5 hectares.

Winemaking: Harvesting by hand permits a first selection in the vineyard. The sauvignon blanc grapes are table-sorted if necessary when they arrive at the winery in trailers. The grapes are transferred to the presses by means of a belt. Pressing ensures high-quality juice without damaging the grapes. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures of 14 to 18°C. The wine is racked late – between April and August depending on the cuvée – and we begin bottling the wines between July and September.

The pinot noir grapes are brought to the winery in 40 kg crates, and are table-sorted before being destemmed. The grapes are transferred to the tanks by belt to avoid damage. Racking is done after about 30 days vatting time and fermenting under controlled temperatures. We proceed to a gentle pressing to get pure press juice. The wines are then aged in barrels - 228 or 600 litre barrels – for a certain percentage (depending on the vintage and cuvee) and in tanks. First racking is made one year later in September, then we blend the wine from barrels and tank for about one more year ageing before bottling. Our rosés are made from pinot noir grapes, directly pressed and vilified as white wines. They are bottled in April. ‘’One of the most talented vinifiers in the region’’ – Decanter, March 2015