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Perfectly balanced, this classic expression of Sancerre delivers concentrated, sharply focused fruit notes with the beautiful minerality you would expect from its soil and terroir

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Sancerre, France
Winemaker: Lucien Crochet
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.0%

Winemaker's Notes

The estate’s village level offering ties pungency of fruit and concentration of flavor to the minerality and herbaceous qualities that make its Sancerrois origins unmistakable

John's Notes

I poured a glass of the Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2018 as part of my timed blind tasting practice the other night. Too often when practicing in this format, the harried pace of the analysis (just under 11 minutes on this one), doesn’t allow the opportunity to enjoy well-made, terroir accurate wines such as this.  The solution?  Have another glass (or two) once the write-ups are complete – and I did just that with this one.  A beautiful Sancerre loaded with minerality!

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Lucien Crochet

  • 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

Variety:  100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Sancerre AOC, Loire Valley, France


  • The furthest inland of the Loire Valley’s growing regions, the Central Vineyards’ climate is considered Cool Continental with warm summers, cold winters, and a surprisingly high annual rainfall. Accordingly, Sancerre has a long growing season with low intensity heat, short summers with a significant temperature drop in the fall, and risk of spring frost and/or cool temperatures during the growing season


  • A blend of several plots within the same named place
  • Upper Oxfordian limestone locally known as “caillottes”, a shallow, well-drained soil
  • The vines are planted at mid-slope at an altitude of 240 to 260 metres
  • Trained in single Guyot, and planted at density of 7,000 – 8,800 vines/ha
  • Yields (55 – 65 hL/ha) controlled through severe winter pruning, debudding, and green harvesting
  • Ploughing: Animal hoeing to promote soil health
  • Organic fertilizers have been used since 1989
  • The grapes are entirely hand-picked


  • The entire bunches of grapes are fed into pneumatic presses via a conveyor belt
  • Fermentation of the musts via selected yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks for approximately 30 days and 10% in oak barrels of 600 liters
  • Malolactic fermentation is blocked
  • Matured on the lees for 10 months
  • Fining and filtration: bentonite fined and cross-filtered
  • Aging potential: 8 to 10 years

Alcohol:  14.0%

Pairs Well With: Herb roasted chicken, baked Brie on a baguette, pan-seared sea scallops


Wine Enthusiast (92): Based in the village of Bué, this producer is a top name. A blend from different vineyards, this well-balanced wine moves easily between herbal and ripe tropical flavors. After two years, it is very ready to drink.  Roger Voss 12/1/20

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