France – Loire Valley, Sancerre
Daniel Crochet and family own a small 9ha domaine based in Bué, near the village of Sancerre itself. It has taken many years of research and many disappointments for us to find this producer. Much of the wine made in Sancerre is ‘semi- industrial’; overcropped, machine picked, fermented with super-clean juice at cool temperatures, etc. Many vineyards are abused with excess chemicals and not treated with respect. Two years ago we discovered Daniel Crochet, who not only uses organics in the vineyard as much as possible, but has a more considered approach, with more emphasis on his soils and his vines. Shake hands with him and you will instantly know he works in the vines. His wines are made with lower yields, hand picking, wild yeasts, longer élevage (ageing on lees) and pervasive in the process is a desire to express his sites. Domaine Daniel Crochet has 2 kinds of soils; – A limestone-clay, known as Les Marnes Kimmeridgiennes or locally as terres blanches; a pebbly limestone known locally as Caillottes.
SANCERRE BLANC ‘TRADITION’
From 5ha of vines from 4-35yo. 70% caillottes, 30% terres blanches. Fermentation in tank with wild yeast, ageing on lees for 6 months.
SANCERRE ‘CUVÉE PRESTIGE’
From .4ha of 30-35yo vines on both soil types as above. Essentially made the same way as the ‘Tradition’, but older vines.
SANCERRE ‘PLANTE DES PRÉS’
This ia a single site wine from pebbly limestone soil. 70% fermented in barrique, with ageing on lees for 9 months. No filtration.