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.

Les Amoureuses
Les Amoureuses

Francois Crochet - 2017 Sancerre Blanc,’ Les Amoureuses’

Price: $45.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: White
Style: High acid, Mineral

The Wine

Inside the bottle: This is the most flashy and powerful wine in the lineup from François. It is aged in a mixture of stainless steel and large vertical oak tanks which seem to turn this potential monster into a charming and upfront wine. It is stockpiled with rich, gritty texture and a mouthful of stoniness with a nose that has great focus. If there are five dimensions to a wine, this one has three and a half, but they come at you like a freight train.

Terroir: The name comes from the heavy clay content in this soil. On a dry summer day, it is hard to imagine what these clingy clay lovers will do to the bottom of your shoes. Speaking from experience, on a wet day, they will indeed stick to you and only let you go when you scrape it off. There is plenty of active limestone that is mixed in with this clay, which seems to impart its high-toned and powerful mineralic impression to the nose and palate. The key to understanding the girth of this wine lies in the clay soils, which give it its power and generosity.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: This is the most flashy and powerful wine in the lineup from François. It is aged in a mixture of stainless steel and large vertical oak tanks which seem to turn this potential monster into a charming and upfront wine. It is stockpiled with rich, gritty texture and a mouthful of stoniness with a nose that has great focus. If there are five dimensions to a wine, this one has three and a half, but they come at you like a freight train.

Terroir: The name comes from the heavy clay content in this soil. On a dry summer day, it is hard to imagine what these clingy clay lovers will do to the bottom of your shoes. Speaking from experience, on a wet day, they will indeed stick to you and only let you go when you scrape it off. There is plenty of active limestone that is mixed in with this clay, which seems to impart its high-toned and powerful mineralic impression to the nose and palate. The key to understanding the girth of this wine lies in the clay soils, which give it its power and generosity.