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Sancerre `le Chene Marchand` Domaine Crochet 2013

Country
France
Region
Loire Valley,
Central Vineyards
Producer
Domaine Francois Crochet
Grape(s)
Sauvignon Blanc
Type
White
Style
Mineral
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry / Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
12
Closure Style
Cork
Organic / Biodynamic
Normal

Region

This beautiful region is situated 200Km south of Paris and extends west along the high reaches of the Loire River. This is a cold climate northern wine making region and includes the following famous villages; Sancerre, Pouilly Sur Loire, Quincy and Menetou-Salon. There are only two permitted grape varieties, namely, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The soils have a high percentage of flint and limestone and this results in crisp, aromatic whites and perfumed, elegant rose and reds. Littered with artisan producers, the best single domaine wines are made in small quantities and are of top drawer quality. In recent years, the demand for the best wines in the region has exceeded supply.

Producer

The young and dynamic François Crochet has made wines in New Zealand and Bordeaux, and now uses his broad experience wisely. The estate consists of some 10 hectares, mostly planted on the limestone slopes surrounding the prestigious village of Bué. To make Sancerre that measures with the best of the appellation, Francois pays a great deal of attention to the quality of his grapes. At harvest he handpicks and this results in expressive wines with the distinctively pungent, flinty characters that the terroir delivers. Pale straw in colour it offers piercing aromas of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, white flowers, gooseberry and minerals with notes reminiscent of the local cheese `Crotin de Chavignol` in the background. Time on lees before release gives the wine a lovely textural mouthfeel while a straight line of crunchy acid gives structure and focus. This is what textbook Sauvignon Blanc is all about.

Tasting (Long)

An intense single vineyard Sancerre is made from old vines grown on the limestone slopes of Bue. It is a concentrated Sancerre with exceptional depth and concentration. Smokey on the palate with restrained notes of gooseberry, elderflower and white peach well balanced with ripe citrus flavours and a fresh acidity. Long on the finish with a flinty minerality lingering on the palate.

Tasting (Short)

It is a concentrated Sancerre with great depth and well balanced ripe citrus flavours.

Food

Chicken with cream sauce, salmon with watercress dressing and pork tenderloin stuffed with prunes.

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