About The Wine
Les Amoureuses is a compilation of three different sites within Bué, a commune in the western area of Sancerre. Like much of Sancerre, this is limestone country, and Les Amoureuses is a blend of three different parcels with heavier clay topsoil than any other parcels within his collection. The name, Les Amoureuses, translated from French as “the lovers,” and was given to the wine because of how the rich clay topsoil clings to the boots when the soil is even only slightly wet. As it turns out, most wines from other areas with the same name, like the famous and rare Chambolle Musigny premier cru, had the same concept in mind. The clay rich soil makes Les Amoureuses a freight train of Sauvignon Blanc, and the most powerful and generous wine within François’ range of white Sancerre—it’s a crowd pleaser. It’s fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in a large, twenty-liter old tronconic (vertical and slightly tapered at the top) French oak vat. These days, more and more of Crochet’s Sancerres are aged in these, but Les Amoureuses was the first he tried with them, because wines rendered from heavy clay soils generally benefit from the sculpting effect of wood and its affinity for extremely slow microoxygenation to soften what may otherwise be an overabundance of unbridled energy.