Sauvignon Blanc, Lucien Crochet
The Crochet domaine evolved through the marriage of the Crochet and Picard families, with the latter family having commenced its vineyard holdings in the Sancerre district as early as 1765. It was the great-grandfather of Lucien Crochet who first installed that part of the family in the region and it was in 1934 that the first bottling of wines occurred at the domaine. The domaine now is under the direction of Lucien Crochet and his son, Gilles. Much of the Crochet holdings are located in the fabled vineyards of the Clos du Chene Marchand and Clos du Roy. The Croix du Roy is the most full-bodied wine of Crochet's three primary Sancerre bottlings. Importer's notes: "Sourced from several parcels that are planted in rocky, white soils with an east-southeast exposure (including the 'Clos du Roy'), this cuvée is the most full-bodied and masculine of the three core Sancerres of the domaine. Vinified in stainless steel with a late racking to insure that the wine captures the essence of the terroir, the wine is bottled in September of the year following harvest."