Domaine Lucien Crochet
It was Lucien Crochet's marriage to the daughter of Lucien Picard, and the subsequent fusion of the domaines of Lucien Picard and André Crochet (father of Lucien), that created the Domaine Lucien Crochet. Monsieur Picard was one of the very first growers in the Sancerre district to begin bottling his wines and selling them primarily to restaurants in Paris. Lucien Crochet expanded the work of his father-in-law and, over a thirty year period, also expanded the domaine so that it now encompasses 38 hectares of vineyards, almost all of which are located in the village of Bué with smaller holdings in the neighboring villages of Vinon and Crézancy.
Twenty-nine hectares are planted to Sauvignon Blanc and the remaining 9 hectares are planted to Pinot Noir. The soils are clay and limestone from the Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian eras. The vineyards are on slopes of varying severity and run from south-east to south to southwest in their exposure to the sun. Since 1989 only organic supplements have been used in the vineyards which are planted to a density of between 6600 (older plantings) to 8700 vines per hectare. 60% of the estate’s vineyards have grass growing between the rows with the soil being worked (hoed and plowed) just at the base of the vines, while 25% of the vineyards are fully plowed and hoed. The harvest is manual, and the soil is worked immediately around the vine but the growth in the rows between the vines remains throughout the growing season. There is a substantial range of wines produced at the Domaine Lucien Crochet.
International Wine Cellar 10/2014
"An ancestor of this estate, Lucien Picard, began bottling his wines in 1934 and was then one of the first to sell them in Paris after the Second World War, establishing the reputation of what would later--through fusion with André Crochet--become the Domaine Lucien Crochet. Expanded over the following generations to 35 hectares, it is currently run by Lucien's son, Gilles, who met me on a balmy summer evening in Bué to taste his current releases. While the majority of his vineyards are planted with sauvignon blanc, he does have almost nine hectares of pinot noir, predominately on Kimmeridgian limestone soils. After going slowly through his 2012 whites, we also sampled another six vintages of reds, dating back to the 1998 Clos du Roy Prestige Vieilles Vignes (this wine is labelled simply "Cuvee Prestige") (92), which is one of the finest pinot noirs from Sancerre that I have ever tasted."