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.

Francois Crochet Sancerre
Francois Crochet Sancerre

Francois Crochet - 2018 Sancerre Blanc

Price: $36.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: White
Style: High acid, Mineral

The Wine

Inside the bottle: Sauvignon Blanc is the white grape in Sancerre, and there is no mistaking it at Chez Crochet. For such a forceful and “minerally” white wine, it shows a tremendous amount of beauty and delicacy. There are aromas of kefir lime, lemon, lemon peel, ripe green melon, cucumber, freshly crushed limestone rocks and gunflint. Straight away, the palate of the wine hits you with purity and the electricity of perfectly picked grapes. The wine will feel like it is exfoliating your mouth! So fresh and clean!

Terroir: This wine is made from a number of different parcels scattered across the appellation. The topsoils range from limestone marls, kimmeridgian stones and hard limestones mixed in to varying soils of clay, thin gravels and heavy sands scattered near the village of Bué. Also, there is a little dose coming from silex soils as well.  The climate in this area is one of the cooler areas but most of the sites face towards the south, which helps the grapes find their ripeness.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: Sauvignon Blanc is the white grape in Sancerre, and there is no mistaking it at Chez Crochet. For such a forceful and “minerally” white wine, it shows a tremendous amount of beauty and delicacy. There are aromas of kefir lime, lemon, lemon peel, ripe green melon, cucumber, freshly crushed limestone rocks and gunflint. Straight away, the palate of the wine hits you with purity and the electricity of perfectly picked grapes. The wine will feel like it is exfoliating your mouth! So fresh and clean!

Terroir: This wine is made from a number of different parcels scattered across the appellation. The topsoils range from limestone marls, kimmeridgian stones and hard limestones mixed in to varying soils of clay, thin gravels and heavy sands scattered near the village of Bué. Also, there is a little dose coming from silex soils as well.  The climate in this area is one of the cooler areas but most of the sites face towards the south, which helps the grapes find their ripeness.