Francois Crochet

The Story

The first time I met François, he was very quiet. Then, I made the mistake of telling him that his French was articulate and very clear- a much easier accent to understand than those from the south of the France. He smiled, then an eruption of extremely intense French came at me like a philosophical freight train. His bright blue laser eyes dug in and his mouth was moving a mile a minute. It was that moment that I understood how intense of a perfectionist François is. He is one of the most passionate people I have ever met.

François graduated from the famous enology school in Beaune, France. After school, he cut his teeth by working at Domaine Bruno Clair. François took over his father’s winery not too long ago and has been turning heads everywhere, first in France and now here. He is one of the first to pick in Sancerre so the acidity of his wines rage. Counterintuitively, the wine doesn’t have the green pepper notes that one would expect from wines harvested so early. I don’t know how he does it, but the wine finds such a perfect balance of power, beauty and finesse.

Lay of the Land

Sancerre is one of the most famous places in France for white wine. It is located on the left bank of one of France’s most famous rivers, the Loire. Sancerre is one of the fastest selling wines in the market because they offer great value for the price. While Sancerre makes red wines from the Pinot Noir grape, it is most famous for the white Sancerre made from Sauvignon Blanc.

The Sancerre region sits on top of a series of hills and small valleys that were once under the ocean. The ocean deposited all sorts of calcium rich shells from ancient sea-life. In the case of Sancerre, the most famous rock here is called Kimmeridgian, which is made primarily of an ancient tiny sea creature that closely resembles today’s oyster. The rest of the vineyard land is a mixture of limestone marl, chalk and flint. One can also find quite a lot of red and brown clay soils that are clearly marked with a good dose of iron.

Le Chene Marchand
Le Chene Marchand

Francois Crochet - 2017 Sancerre Blanc, ‘Le Chene Marchand’

Price: $47.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: White
Style: High acid, Mineral

The Wine

Inside the bottle: If there were ever an establishment of pedigree in the Sancerre, I have little doubt that this wine would share the top spot. Straight out of the bottle it shows its complex range of aristocratic mineralic notes, friendly but taut citrus and white stone fruits, sweet herbs and fresh grasses with an immense amount of purity. Sometimes I think this wine is almost too good and too multi-dimensional but with every swirl and sip another set of aromas and tastes spring out of the glass. If Les Amoureusses and Exils are of a particular style, this wine is not; it leaves nothing on the table.

Terroir: The soils are what start this stunning wine on its course. These 40 year-old vines are planted on a beautifully balanced soil of clay, marne and small limestone pebbles. The combination of the high, wind exposed plateau and the density of limestone rocks (that they call “caillottes”) that are unearthed from below help to electrify this wine. The exposition is perfectly south which ensures healthy fruit every year when the work is done well in the vineyard.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: If there were ever an establishment of pedigree in the Sancerre, I have little doubt that this wine would share the top spot. Straight out of the bottle it shows its complex range of aristocratic mineralic notes, friendly but taut citrus and white stone fruits, sweet herbs and fresh grasses with an immense amount of purity. Sometimes I think this wine is almost too good and too multi-dimensional but with every swirl and sip another set of aromas and tastes spring out of the glass. If Les Amoureusses and Exils are of a particular style, this wine is not; it leaves nothing on the table.

Terroir: The soils are what start this stunning wine on its course. These 40 year-old vines are planted on a beautifully balanced soil of clay, marne and small limestone pebbles. The combination of the high, wind exposed plateau and the density of limestone rocks (that they call “caillottes”) that are unearthed from below help to electrify this wine. The exposition is perfectly south which ensures healthy fruit every year when the work is done well in the vineyard.