Domaine Lucien Crochet 2014 Sancerre Rouge, La Croix du Roy, AOC
Item Number: 13629
Sub Region: Loire
Appellation/AVA: Sancerre AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Croix du Roy
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Caillottes, Griottes and white earth
Vineyard Notes: Crochet has 29 hectares planted to Sauvignon Blanc and 9 hectares 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. The harvest is manual, the soil is worked immediately around the vine but the growth in the rows between the vines remains throughout the growing season.
Winemaking Notes: This wine comes from grapes harvested from several parcels which include a mix of stones and marne with south-southeast exposure. After a manual harvest, grapes are first table sorted and then 100% destemmed. The grapes are pressed and the fermentation proceeds for approximately 30 days. Both remontage and pigeage are done but the degree to which they are practiced depends on the structure of each vintage. 60% percent of this cuvée is aged in barrel and 40% in stainless steel for one year. The wine is then assembled and, for an additional eight months, is aged in stainless steel before being bottled approximately two years after harvest. This wine is unfined, with tangential filtration.
Tasting Notes: This Sancerre is ruby red with brilliant hues. The nose has an intense aroma of Pinot, and notes of leather and roasting. The palate has a beautiful texture and consists of cherry fruit and a bit of faded rose. Tannins are silky with mineral on the finish reminding the drinker of the terroir.