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Daniel Crochet is the fourth generation of winemaker, having taken over in 1996. He ascended to the head of the family business after completing his studies in viticulture and oenology at the Lycee Wine Avize in the Marne Valley. He has expanded operations since 1996 to increase the total vineyard holdings to just over 9 hectares. Around 6 of those hectares are planted to Sauvignon blanc, with the remainder planted to Pinot Noir. All holdings are located in the towns of Sancerre and Bue, all within the AOC of Sancerre. The winery and HQ are in Bue.


Crochet’s vines are trained in guyot style. Vines range between 10 and 50 years of age. Harvesting is manual. Juice is extracted gently using a pneumatic press, after which a low temperature soak is carried out for 3 days. Fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled vats. The wine rests on the lees from 6 to 10 months. A gentle filtration and clarification on plates, is followed by tartaric stabilization.


Crochet is practicing organic. On the estate ploughing, ENM, and grass cultivation between rows of vines are all employed. ENM is the practice of allowing natural grass to grow among the vines. These practices aid in limiting yields of the vines, resulting in optimum concentration of fruit qualities. Sustainable and eco-friendly practices include pest and disease control.


Sancerre Blanc


This is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Crochet’s style is almost Chablisienne in his ability to produce ethereal wines, with levity and depth. The grapes are grown in very stony soils of calcareous, clay, and limestone composition. Crochet’s whites show green zest and golden grapefruit, all well integrated and balanced on a sturdy beam of minerally, fresh, acidity. This is an aperitif wine or something to celebrate with when you’re not feeling bubbles.

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